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Should we allow pets in our rental?
The subject of pets in rental properties is an interesting topic, and I often get asked whether people should allow pets in their homes. My answer is: it’s complicated.

For most property owners, it seems there are two major risks to allowing pets in your home. First, if you rent your home to a family with a dog or a cat, the pet might make a mess of the house and cause damage. The second problem is one of potential liability. If a dog bites a neighbor’s child, you have a serious potential legal issue.
However, there are other factors to consider. Remember that over 70 percent of today’s families have a pet. So if you don’t allow pets into your property, it will take you longer to rent your house – possibly two to three times longer. Be prepared for the expense of that vacancy when you decide to avoid pets.

The other factor to remember is that humans actually cause far more damage to homes than pets do. Children, in particular, can cause a lot of damage to homes. However, it’s illegal to refuse to rent to families with children because it’s considered discrimination. So pets are not as dangerous as people when it comes to taking care of your property.

We recommend you allow pets and our lease is full with rules about them and an addendum covering all the pets in your property. If you have any questions about pets or anything pertaining to managing your property, please contact us at Collins Property Managers.

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Collins Property Managers
4701 U.S. 17 Suite 107
Orange Park, FL 32003

(904) 807.8331(P)
(904) 639.6090(F)

Collins Property Managers
1301 Riverplace BLVD
Suite 800
Jacksonville FL 32207

Phone: 904-515-6670
fax: 904-639-6090

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