How to Set a Pet Policy for your Las Vegas Rental Property

Setting a pet policy is important for anyone with a Las Vegas rental property, because you need to establish what you will allow and not allow when it comes to having pets inside your house. As you consider what kind of pet policy you want to establish, it is important to understand that over 55 percent of the population has a pet. Many of the tenants moving into Las Vegas rental properties are displaced homeowners, and often they will have pets that they love and want to take with them.

First, check with your insurance carrier. There may be restrictions on what types of pets they will allow on your property while you are covered. Some insurance carriers will not cover dog breeds that are considered dangerous or aggressive. You can use that information in your pet policy, and incorporate any other restrictions or guidelines. For example, many pet policies will allow dogs up to 20 pounds or up to 40 pounds. Decide what types of animals you will allow, how many of them are acceptable and what the size or breed restrictions might include.

Once you determine what types of animals you will allow in your house, be sure to take a deposit on that pet. Instead of collecting a separate pet deposit, simply increase the amount of the security deposit you would normally collect to cover the animal and any damage it might cause. The amount will vary, and depends on the type of pet and the number of pets you agree to allow.

Finally, make sure the pet you have approved gets a good bill of health from the vet. If you require proof that the pet is healthy, you can protect your property as well as any future tenants you might have after this current tenant and the pet. For example, you do not want to have a dog or a cat that has fleas, because those fleas can get into your carpet and cause expensive problems now and in the future. So, ask your tenant to get some kind of documentation from the animal’s vet that shows it is a good pet and free from any health problems or diseases that you don’t want in your property.

If you have any questions on how to establish a pet policy that is fair to the tenants with pets and still protects your property, contact us at Blackbird Realty. We can be reached at (702) 792-8077. We look forward to helping you.

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6 Responses to “How to Set a Pet Policy for your Las Vegas Rental Property”

  1. Mike Catalano June 17, 2013 11:29 am
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    Great points George,

    Allowing specific pets its important to the longevity of a property. To see how we do things in California take a look at this blog. I would love yo hear your thoughts.

    http://blog.rec-rentals.com/index.php/property-management-advice-pet-policy-in-palo-alto/

    Mike

  2. Terri Alcala July 25, 2013 4:56 pm
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    I completely agree with what you’ve said! Being open to allowing pets in a property opens up a greater pool of tenants to choose from. Even though pets can cause damage, setting weight limits and breed limits helps hinder this from happening. I have included a link to a similar blog on my blog site. Take a look at let me know what you think!

    http://blog.actionproperties.net/2012/08/01/investment-property-how-to-pet-policy-by-roseville-management/

    Terri

  3. Brenda Gerdes July 31, 2013 3:56 pm
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    I recommend allowing pets into a rental property. I get to choose from a wide range of different applicants because I am open to having pets in the rentals I manage. Yes, pets can cause damage but by charging a larger security deposit while also limiting the size and breed allows for me to protect the properties I manage. I have included a link to my blog if you would like to get more information.

    http://blog.managementspecialistsinc.com/st-lucie-real-estate-management-advice-pet-policy-best-practices/

    Brenda

  4. Lois Moore August 12, 2013 2:38 pm
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    Being open to pets expands the pool of potential tenants for each property that you manage. The way to counter act the potential damage that a pet can cause is by charging a larger security deposit and limiting the size and weight of each pet. I have included a link to my blog on this subject.

    http://blog.lmooreinc.com/portland-property-management-how-to-drafting-a-pet-policy/

    Lois

  5. Jennifer Newton April 11, 2014 2:03 pm
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    People have pets, and I couldn’t agree more with you. Also it is very important to have breed restrictions because protecting an owners home is really our job. I have a similar blog on my San Diego blog site.
    http://blog.waltershomemanagement.com/2013/03/08/san-diego-property-management-advice-pet-policy/

  6. Tressa Rossi September 29, 2014 9:44 am
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    Pet owners generally do make good tenants but its also imperative to have guidelines, like yours, in place to ensure that your property is safe and not subject to damage and stress. If you’d like to see my blog on the same topic, check it out at http://blog.foxmanagementinc.com/portland-property-management-how-to-pet-policy/