There are many benefits to allowing pets in your rental properties. However, there are also several risks that landlords take when they allow pets on their property. Implementing pet screening processes can help landlords to minimize these risks. Asking the right questions can ensure that the pet screening process is as effective as possible. These questions can allow you to provide all of the benefits of allowing pets to your tenants while minimizing the likelihood of problems occurring. 

Importance of Pet Screenings

Failing to undergo appropriate pet screening processes can cause many issues for landlords. Tenants with aggressive or destructive pets may cause damage to the property, as well as result in extensive liability expenses. In addition to thoroughly screening pets, you may want to require tenants to obtain renters insurance to handle liability costs if their pet bites someone. 

Questions you Should Ask Tenants with Pets

Asking the right questions will help you to determine if a pet will be a good fit for your property. First and foremost, you should ask the tenant how many pets they have. Ask them the breed and size of their pets. Some landlords place restrictions on certain breeds, but this may not always be indicative of the pet’s personality. You may wish to request a meeting with the pet to determine its personality. Ask how old the pet is, as well as how long the owner has had the pet. Inquire as to whether the pet has ever had any situations that have resulted in aggressive or destructive behavior. Ensure that you know if the pet is well-trained, as well as if they are up to date on their vaccinations. 

You may also want to require that tenants have their pets spayed or neutered to minimize the likelihood of damage to your property. Effective pet screening can go a long way toward protecting your property from the downsides of allowing pets. To learn more about pet screening processes, contact us at the Keyrenter in McAllen today!