Offering pet-friendly rental homes is an excellent strategy to bring in more long-term tenants in Richmond. A lot of renters would enjoy being able to own a pet but are usually deterred by the high number of rental homes that do not allow animals on the property. If you intend to or already allow pets on your rental property, have you ever considered using a registration process and decal for tenant pets? While many investment property owners do not include this process in their lease documents, there are many advantages to doing so.
The benefits of using a visible marker on each rental home where pets are present are far-reaching – and not just for you! Ponder upon how helpful it would be for your Richmond property manager and maintenance contractors to easily see, via a decal on a front door or window, regardless if pets are permitted on the property. Not only that but if they also had access to a pet permit number which they could then match up with the pets currently being kept on the property. As an option, instead of searching for illicit animals or banking on what the tenant says, professionals needing access to the property would immediately know what to expect inside and, if conditions are not as expected, to take appropriate action.
Requiring pet registration and a decal is likewise an extra benefit to tenants, particularly in the event that emergency personnel is called to the property. In an emergency, it can be troublesome to keep track of a pet. If each of your rental homes had a clear decal showing the number and kind of animals being kept on the property, emergency personnel would better be able to clear the home, if needed, and raise consciousness about the potential for pets to run away or even injure someone. With a permit number for each pet, tenants can also more easily track down and recognize their pets in the event that they should go missing.
Without a doubt, a pet-friendly rental home necessitates more than a permit and decal. To help encourage your tenants to be responsible for their pets and to minimize any potential risks that come with having animals on the property, you should also include a detailed pet agreement in your lease documents. While pet registration can easily be an integral part of your lease agreement, you will want to validate that you have spelled out what types and sizes of pets are permitted and that you have documentation that the animals are properly licensed and vaccinated. Failing to do so may expose yourself and others to unnecessary risk and injury.
In case you are just getting started in the pet-friendly rental market, give Real Property Management Richmond Metro a call. We can help you incorporate pet agreements and registration into your leasing process to ensure that your tenants better understand what it takes to be responsible pet owners in a Richmond rental home. To learn more about the quality services we offer, contact us today!
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