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Pets & Smoking in a Rental Property: When to Allow

Erlin Taylor - Monday, May 16, 2016

Property owners are sometimes hesitant or confused about whether to allow pets or smoking in their home or apartment rentals. While their apprehension is definitely understandable, Illume Property Management does have advice to guide landlords in making these critical decisions, particularly as tenant candidates express their preference to have their beloved animals as roommates. 

With our years of experience comes the knowledge that if you eliminate pets from the tenant’s rental options, the owner also eliminates close to 75% of the renting market. This is especially true here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where everyone can be seen out and about walking their dogs rain or shine. 

Of course, Illume Property Management goes to great lengths to ensure that the pet owners are mindful of their responsibility to the welfare of property they are renting. A deposit of $250.00 is collected along with all other applicable fees before move in, and there is a $25.00 per month pet charge, per pet, added to the existing rent due each month. Upon lease termination or expiration, the property is fully inspected for pet damage before any of the $250.00 deposit is refunded. If damages have occurred, the repairs will automatically be subtracted from the paid amount. 

We have found that the deposit placed on account is almost always more than enough to cover any damage. However if that is not the case, the tenant will be billed for the excess amount. 

 As far as smoking goes, Illume Property Management does not allow smoking in any of the properties. If we hear rumor of smoking it is immediately looked into and dealt with to insure compliance. We welcome your inquiries on these and any other questions that may come up as you consider putting your property into the rental market.