Many households across the US have a pet. Cats and dogs are certainly the most popular among American households. However, many landlords do not allow pets. A recent report from Trulia shows that the West Coast seems to offer the most per-friendly rental markets.
Truila discovered through rental properties listed on the site that cats are the preferred pet among landlords, with 20 percent of rental units nationwide allowing them. Small dogs are estimated to be welcomed by 18 percent of rental units nationwide while only 4 percent welcome big dogs.
To determine which rental markets were the most pet-friendly, Trulia analyzed factors involving rankings, number of listings which allowed pets, costs associated with having a pet in a rental unit and even the concentration of pet-related businesses in the area. By compiling these factors, Trulia determined that the top pet-friendly rental markets are:
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Denver, Colorado
- Oakland, California
- Portland, Oregon
San Francisco is considered the most pet-friendly rental market and featured the highest number of pet-friendly rental units as well as low added fees and deposits. It is important to remember that San Francisco is a very competitive market. This means that landlords can be more selective. Though they may say they allow pets, it does not mean that they will choose a tenant who has a pet over one who does not. A landlord will likely choose someone who does not have a pet because it minimizes their risk of damage. Sadly, the San Francisco SPCA, a humane society, has reported an increase in abandoned pets because their owners are unable to find pet-friendly housing. However, Trulia did reveal that the West Coast also offers the most pet-related services. In San Francisco there is an estimated ratio of 1:817 of pet shops per household.
Paying More for Pets
Households may face a difficult time finding a rental unit that allows pets, and should expect to pay more. The report showed that additional rental costs are common for renters who have pets. These additional costs can include deposits, fees and even higher rent. An estimated 78 percent of listings charged one of the above fees while another 22 percent charged two.
Allowing Pets in Your Rental Unit
When determining which tenant to choose, landlords must consider many factors. Before accepting a tenant it is important to establish rules about pets. If you allow pets, be sure to get a pet fee to cover any potential damages. You can also choose to restrict the size, breed and number of pets in a unit. You should also consider other factors, such as a background check. The team at CheckPoint Screening are happy to offer a range of background screening options to ensure your tenant is thoroughly vetted before they are accepted.