San Diego is notably one of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation. There are now many shops, restaurants, and hotels that even encourage pet owners to bring along their furry friends. Owning a pet is a popular choice in San Diego, yet landlords and tenants seem to find themselves in a dilemma when it comes to rentals.

Property owners understandably worry about the potential damage that might occur if they permit tenants with pets. Ruined carpets, scratched doors, unbearable smells, allergens, and noise nuisance are a few the concerns and added costs that make a landlord reluctant to allow tenants with pets to rent their property.

If you wish to capitalize on rent, don’t forget about the number of pet owners that are out there searching for a place to live. Every day your property is vacant, you lose out on income. There are many options and potential benefit for property owners allowing pets. When you’re ready to embrace a pet-friendly property, consider implementing a few guidelines. Also check with your HOA, as they may have their own.

Guidelines to consider:

  1. Have a weight and breed restriction.
  2. Collect an additional security deposit for each pet.
  3. If the pet is a cat:
  4. It must be spayed or neutered.
  5. Residents must provide and maintain an appropriate litter box.
  6. If the pet is a bird, the bird must be kept in a cage.
  7. Restrict fish tank size.

In addition, have the tenant sign a Pet Addendum stating all your rules. If they break the agreement, make it clear the landlord may revoke permission to keep the pet on the premises giving a formal day notice.

If you have any specific questions regarding our pet policies, shoot us an email.