One of the controversial decisions a landlord faces is to accept or not accept dogs. From our experience, dogs don’t cause as much trouble as you might think and they certainly have positive incentives.

The general consensus that dogs damage properties is actually far from the truth. In this quiet rental market, there are two major advantages for accepting applications from tenants with dogs: 1) these tenants usually pay a premium, and 2) they are less likely to move as there are fewer property owners that accept dogs. It is, however, important to take into account factors such as size of the dog, breed, propensity for shedding fur, age, and whether it’s an inside or outside dog. It’s not uncommon to get an additional annexure to an application with a photo of the applicants dog and a little bio. Although the standard residential lease agreement states that pets must be kept outside, this is very difficult to police. We have found that the majority of our tenants treat their dogs as members of their families, and we have had very few cases where they have proven to be any kind of a nuisance.
As part of our lease agreement, tenants with pets must pay an additional $260 pet bond and also sign a pet agreement. This document is available for download on our website: Tenant Forms.