One of the biggest arguments that we hear between landlords and tenants, and even from one landlord to another, is whether or not you should allow pets in your apartment. Both sides of the issue make valid points, so we want to touch on some of the main aspects of both arguments. It is important to remember that here at Talley, we respect your decision either way, as it is your property. We simply like to help our clients make the most informed decision.

On the one hand, pets can be messy. Dogs and cats both have a possibility to undo a lot of the work that you have put into the unit. This could be from them soiling the floor or chewing up and scratching at the walls and doors. Often, smells from animals like these can linger even after they no longer live there, especially if there are carpets that were dirtied. While a large amount of this comes down to whether or not the owner stayed on top of cleaning, there is always a possibility of your next tenant being extremely allergic and even a professional cleaning of the apartment may not be enough to make it habitable for them. Even tanked animals can cause problems depending on how they were kept and cleaned.

On the other hand, pets can also be helpful for you in some ways. Many landlords require a pet deposit or even additional rent each month for someone to have a pet. You can often charge more as a base line if you allow pets, regardless of whether or not someone brings them in. You also open your apartment to a wider range of people by allowing pets, as many people will not even entertain a unit if they can’t bring their animals along. Others are medically dependent upon their pet for one reason or another. Although the law does state that a support or service animal is often exempt from the law, many will still look only where pets are already welcomed.

If you are trying to decide whether or not to allow pets in your rental property, it is always best to think about both sides of the argument. You may also settle somewhere in the middle, allowing only animals that are under a certain weight or that can be kept in a tank. No matter what your solution is, Talley will make sure to find your perfect tenant!