I have the same dialogue with every new owner.
I want you to rent my house quickly, get top rent and a good paying tenant and I don’t want pets in my home.
I understand not wanting pets. They may cause damage to new carpet, scratches on the walls, etc.
I then ask my owners if we did an open house for your rental… how would you feel about getting ten families to stop by to see your home and you only allow four families in to view your home. The other six families… please go away we do not want you.
The owners look at me like I am crazy. “What are you doing? You can’t do that, I told you I wanted my home rented quickly”
When you insist on a no pet policy that is exactly what you are doing…
According to a recent study done by the American Veterinary Medical Association the percentage of U.S. households with pets reached about 60% of all households. By comparison, about 35% of U.S. households have children.
Ok, the owner responds, can we make Pets negotiable? Most rental searches have the following fields to determine if Pets are allowed “Yes”, “No” and “Negotiable” How many pet owners will search for properties where the family pet is Negotiable?
I put it to the test and thought I would get the answer straight from “the horse’s mouth”. I visited the Newtown Dog Park in Johns Creek, Georgia, about twenty miles north of Atlanta.
I approached a number of families and posed the following question to them.
If you were looking for a rental home would you consider rentals that were negotiable in regards to allowing pets?
Every family I spoke to told me the same thing, “I would start my search only on homes that allowed Pets, I would only consider “Negotiable” if I had trouble finding a rental that would meet my needs”.
Obviously, not a scientific study however it reinforces my point.
If you want your home rented quicker, let ten families into your home, not only four