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Should You Allow Pets in Your Hayward Rental Property?

Deanna Hansen - Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The question is – should you allow pets in your rental property? I think if you go ahead and do your due diligence, allowing pets at a rental property is a good thing. A lot of people out there are looking for rental properties for their families, including their pets. We all know that pets have become family members. So, although a lot of owners have heard horror stories about pets doing damage to property and digging under the fences or ruining the carpets and scratching the hardwood floors, it’s worth the risk. 

Mitigating Risk: Screen the Pets

We go out to the current property where a tenant is living and we meet the pet. We also inspect the interior and exterior of the home to see if there’s any damage being caused by the pet. Once we have determined the tenants are good pet owners, we will approve them to move into our property. We do collect an extra security deposit and in some cases, we charge an extra amount of pet rent every month. We also ask that tenants get rental insurance that will cover the dog or cat or whatever the pet happens to be. We ask that they name Aapex Property Management and the property owner as additional insured. 

Include a Pet Addendum

We create a pet addendum that the tenants have to sign as part of their lease agreement. It states in specific terms what’s expected of them when a pet is in the property. Then, we go out every six months and do an inspection to make sure there isn’t any pet damage, and we verify the pets are the same pets that were approved to be in the property. We want to make sure the animals are behaving and not causing problems.
By doing this extra bit of work at Aapex Property Management, we have found that we get good pet owners in our property. Everyone needs a place to live, including people with pets. Don’t be afraid of allowing pets into your rental property. Do a little due diligence and make sure the pet will be a good fit for you and the neighborhood. 
If you have any questions about pets or Hayward, CA property management, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Aapex Property Management.

What Qualifies as a Service Animal vs. a Pet in Hayward, CA?

Deanna Hansen - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When is a pet not a pet? When it’s a service animal.

What Qualifies as a Service Animal?

If a prospective tenant calls you and says they have a service animal and would like to apply for your property, be careful. You can ask for written verification or documentation that it is a service animal unless the disability is easily seen. If the person is blind or deaf or in a wheelchair, you don’t necessarily have to ask for written verification. But, if it’s not obvious, you can ask for that documentation. This verification can be from a doctor that states the disability and explains the need for a service animal. It can be a letter or something from a support group, like AA. It can be from a non-medical agency like the Braille Institute. It could be self-provided as well. A letter from a disability organization that proves the tenant is on disability would establish a need for that service animal as well.

Include a Lease Addendum

Just because it’s a service animal doesn’t mean that you can’t include an addendum to your lease. Service animals are still expected to behave in a certain way and not damage your property. So, you can have the tenant sign that addendum and agree to abide by your rules and regulations.

Assistance animals should be approved unless you worry they will be dangerous or illegal. Some homeowners associations may not allow certain breeds, but you have to be careful. This is not a pet. It’s something that’s providing a service to your tenant.

Be careful with these definitions, and make sure you know how to distinguish between a pet and a service animal. If you need any help with this topic or with property management in Hayward, CA, please contact us at Aapex Property Management.

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