Landlords: Should you allow pets?

Almost every landlord has had a tenant that owned a pet.
From chihuahuas, to kittens, to enormous Great Danes, pets
are part of the family to those who raise them.

That’s a problem, isn’t it? If you allow pets, there will be
damage. If you don’t allow pets, there will probably be damage
anyways. Herein lies the root of the pet policy issue: there
are benefits and downsides on both sides. So what do you do?

First off, we need to know the ups and downs of allowing pets:

Benefits Risks
More possible tenants Possible physical injury to neighbors or tenant
Increased income due to pet fees Likely damage to the property Higher tenant satisfaction Possible noise annoyance Less loss from damages Pet dander getting caught in air ducts

With a better idea of the results of a pet-allowing policy, we can
guess what would happen if pets were to be allowed.

Likely Damage and Contamination to the Property

When you think of why animals wouldn’t be good to have in your rental
property, you think primarily of the damage they can do. Often times,
you’ll find chewed up cabinet corners and scratched doors. Pets such
as dogs and cats can cause a noticeable amount of damage to the property,
which will cost money to fix.

Any pet with fur or feathers will also release allergens and dander.
Dander are the flakes of skin in an animal’s fur, which can create
worse air quality within the property if they get into the air duct.

Possible Noise Problems and Physical Harm

Pets such as dogs are very common among society, with 40-47% of households
owning at least one dog. Unless the dog had no vocal chords, they’d most
likely make a lot of noise. To neighbors, this can get very annoying. As
well as noise, there is also a chance that the neighbors or owner of the
pet can be harmed by their dog. This doesn’t only apply to dogs, as cats
and birds can also cause harm to people.

Increased Income and Less Loss

With a policy that doesn’t allow pets, there can be many complications.
Tenants may agree with the policy, but still house their pets. This can
result in damages you were not prepared for, and with no damage deposit
to help pay it, you lose money. However, with a policy that allows pets,
you can include a statement that makes it the tenant’s responsibility,
keeping damages a less expensive fix for you.

Not only that, but through pet fees, you can earn more money. Along with
the regular monthly rent to pay, tenants that own pets will also pay extra
money to put fido’s name on the lease.

More Tenants with Better Enjoyment

If you allow pets in your rental property, then you’ll have a bigger
selection of tenants to pick from. According to the American Public
Power Association (APPA), around 45% of households in the U.S. have a
dog, and around 35% of households have a cat. By opening up your property
to pets, you just allowed yourself more choices to choose from. Regardless
of who you rent out the property to, they’ll be much more satisfied than
if the property didn’t allow pets.


After looking at the benefits and the risks of allowing pets, we can now
make a reasonable and logical decision. If you do allow pets, there will
be more noise and a small chance of injury, as well as possible damage
and contamination to the property. However, with policies that allow pets,
with the addition of a few regulations, you can earn more money and make
the possible damage less expensive to fix. As well as that, you’ll have
more tenants to choose from and pick which one will work best with you.

All in all, a pet-allowing policy will benefit you if you play your
cards right. With enough leniency, as well as a fair amount of restrictions
and regulations, you’ll get more tenant satisfaction without compromising
benefits on your end.

Now you decide: Do you want to allow pets? Contact PMI to find out more
about the pros and cons of pets!