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Clear Policies Help to Avoid Residents’ Pet Grievances

Avoid Residents’ Pet Grievances

Digested from Multi-Housing News

The number of households owning pets has increased dramatically, which offers communities that allow pets tremendous advantages.

In 1988, 56 percent of U.S households had a pet. This year, that percentage jumped to 68 percent, according to American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Ownership Survey.

“It should be no surprise that pet ownership is on the increase, and if you are smart about mitigating risks, pet-friendly rentals can prove to put you at a significant advantage, both for your reputation among renters, and ultimately, your bottom-line,” writes Multi-Housing News’ Meeghan Fuhr.

There are valid concerns about allowing pets in apartments, including noise, mess or dirtiness, property damage and the potential to cause conflict between residents. But Fuhr argues those can be addressed through strong policies, including having the resident bring the pet in to meet the staff and mandating that owners clean up waste immediately.

“Allowing pets eliminates residents from sneaking them in without your knowledge, making the community safer,” Fuhr writes.

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