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What’s the Best Pet Policy?

Marketing a property for rent requires the introduction of that property to as many potential tenants as possible. If that introduction has restrictions such as a “No Pets Policy”, it will limit the number of potential tenants to whom the property will be of interest. With restrictions, the pool of potential tenants shrinks considerably and therefore, the length of time it takes to rent a property is increased.

The Benefits for Allowing Pets

NO PETS POLICY: This restriction above all others greatly reduces the number of potential renters who will consider a property. A large percentage of the population has some kind of pet and therefore, a NO Pets Policy means fewer people will consider a property.

To put this in perspective, nationwide 36.5% of households have one or more dogs 30.4% of households have one or more cats and about 15% of households have some type of pet such as fish, rabbits, hamsters …

COMPANION PETS: People with doctor notes for companion pets cannot be discriminated against. This means that if a potential tenant is a qualified applicant, they cannot be discriminated agent because of a medical condition that requires them to have a companion animal. Such a person, if a qualified application, has the right to move-in.

If your goal is to rent your property quickly, a No Pet Policy is something you may want to reconsider. Permitting pets will increase the number of applications and therefore, rent your property much faster.

Dog licking owner at the park

APMPros encourages Property Owners to permit pets. APMPros has found most pet owners are very responsible and their pets well behaved. It is acceptable to require a larger refundable deposit, charge a pet rent or increase the property rent because of a pet. However, even such limited requirements will cause a lot of applicants to pass on your property.

Other Restrictions:

NO SMOKING: No smoking is a restriction in the APMPros Residential Lease and all properties managed by APMPros are NON-SMOKING
NO SMALL BUSINESS: Auto Repairs and Daycare are home businesses APMPros often run into, APMPros requires Property Owner approval of such businesses before processing an Application.
NO HOUSING PROGRAMS: APMPros encourage Property Owners to work with all housing programs, however, it is always up to the Property Owner to impose such a restriction.


Introduction – Potential tenants viewing the listing or property
Restrictions – a limiting condition or measure, especially a legal one.
Companion pets – Companion Animal. A Service Animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
Discriminated – the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of health, race, age, or sex.
Housing programs – Public housing and voucher programs provide decent and safe affordable housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single-family houses to high rise apartments for elderly families.