If you’ve wondered ‘what if I don’t want pets in my rental home?’, this video is for you.

Not everyone has pets. And not everyone wants pets in their rental home. Matthew will walk you through this question and give you some solid advice.

Hey everybody. Matthew Whitaker back here with another Questions Owners Ask.

Today’s question is, “Can I rent my house to people who don’t have a pet?”

So, we get this question a lot. I know Spencer in sales gets this question a lot.

A lot of people get horrible thoughts of pet owners that don’t take care of their pets. Or they allow their pets to jump on the furniture and scratch the floors.

pets in my rental home

And so this is a real question, this is a real fear for people, so I absolutely understand it.

Now, I’m not gonna tell you whether it’s good or bad. And yes, you can absolutely rent the house without allowing pets.

But let me tell you what we’re kind of seeing.

Why You Would Want To Allow Pets

We’re seeing about 60% of our applicants have pets, so that’s a pretty significant number. In other words, if it takes 10 applicants to rent a house, you’re gonna only have four of those applications.

It cuts down on the total number of people that’ll rent your house.

Now, if your house is already a hard rent house or maybe it’s a season that it’s a hard time to rent, you will make it increasingly harder by not allowing pets.

In the event you are willing to have pets, we do take a pet fee and that pet fee varies based on the market.

This fee is to try to protect the home and also account for the damage the pet might do to the house.

But it is certainly a risk and it’s not one that we take lightly. The answer is you can absolutely rent your house to somebody that does not have a pet.

However, you will cut down on the actual demand for your house.

So that’s it, that’s Questions Owners Ask. My name is Matthew Whitaker.