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Should You Allow Cats in Your Rental?

Photo Credit: funnyloolThe topic of whether or not to allow pets in a rental property is a much debated topic, and one that will ultimately depend on your personal comfort level and the type of renter you are trying to attract. When landlords think about their pet policy, they focus on dogs, stipulating size and weight. However, what about cats? If you are a landlord and property manager in San Diego, you may want to think twice about allowing cats in your rental property.

A cat can easily cause thousands of dollars of damage to a home or apartment in a very short time. Cats that have not been declawed can tear up flooring, walls, and furniture. Along with this, you have the risk of damage due to their strong smelling urine. The level of ammonia in a cat’s urine usually requires a professional cleaner to remove the pungent odor. And, if the situation is not taken care of immediately, you may find yourself replacing the all the flooring in your property.

Another issue that is more common with cats than dogs is fleas. In addition to affecting cats, fleas are capable of affecting dogs, animals and humans. This can be especially hazardous in an apartment complex because the fleas can travel and create problems for other tenants as well. To remedy the situation, you’ll need to call a professional pest control company which can eat away at your profits. Are you a landlord who manages multiple units in a property? Learn more about professional management for San Diego apartments and let licensed managers take care of all the work for you.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. Contrary to popular belief, cat allergies are not the result of pet hair, but a protein found on the skin of cats called Fel d1. This protein travels in the form of a small and light particle which is incredibly sticky and can easily attach to skin, clothing, carpet and more. Even after a cat is taken from a house, allergen levels may remain high for up to six months! This can pose a problem for landlords in trying to rent their property to a new tenant and can be costly if the entire home or apartment needs to be thoroughly cleaned.

To help minimize any of the above problems, consider adding a pet addendum to your rental agreement to reserve the right to have the premises professional treated, at the renter’s expense, if it is obvious that the property is not maintained in a clean or safe way. The more specific you are, the better you will be protected.

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