Why Your Vacation Rental Property Should Be Pet-Friendly

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A survey conducted this year by the American Pet Products Association found that 68% of U.S. households have at least one pet. While this percentage has risen over the years, finding a pet-friendly vacation rental can still be a challenge for travelers who want to bring their furry companions along with them on vacation. As a result, owners who make their vacation rentals pet-friendly are able to maximize profits, and keep their properties fully booked.

Allowing pets helps owners attract a larger pool of travelers and expands the renting potential for vacation properties, which translates to nagging vacancies being filled quickly and year-round. Because of the difficulty many travelers face searching for pet-friendly properties, accommodating pets also opens the door to establishing returning renters who vacation in the same location year after year.

In addition to generating more income by filling vacancies year-round, a study conducted by the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare (FIREPAW) found that pet-friendly rentals also have the potential to bring in 20% to 30% more rent than properties that don’t allow pets.

The greater profits are a combination of increased rent due to the greater demand for pet-friendly properties, higher security deposits, additional pet deposits and fees charged to protect owners in the event of a serious issue. FIREPAW’s study stated that most often there was limited to no damage done to a property by a pet, and the increased profits more than made up for any potential risks hosting a pet posed.

Here are some tips to ensure that the monetary benefits of allowing pets at your rental go straight to your bank account and not to fixing rare damages.

1. Get your old baby gates out of the attic and use them to block off areas of your home that you do not want pets to enter. Gates are a great way to set boundaries for visiting pets.
2. Lock up low cabinets where toxic cleaning supplies are, hide or cover loose cords, and move breakable items to higher shelves out of a pet’s reach.
3. Provide cheap, chew toys at your rental to keep pets happy and chewing on something other than furniture.
4. Supply a food and water bowl for pets so that your dishes aren’t mistaken as pet-friendly just because the rental is.
5. Include information about nearby dog parks or walking trails, and provide waste baggies for easy clean up. This keeps your property clean, and your neighbors happy as the pet can release its energy away from the rental.

In addition to taking the above measures to make your rental pet-friendly, always make sure that your rental agreement clearly spells out rules regarding the allowance of pets. Make any rental stipulations clear, and have a signed copy of the agreement by the traveler as a reference for any questions that arise regarding the pet.

Don’t overlook this opportunity to maximize your profits, and improve your travelers’ vacation by making your rental pet-friendly.

6 COMMENTS

  1. What happens if a guest's pet (dog) bites another guest - say a child. Is the owner responsible if a law suite is filed? Because we allowed that dog to stay in our place?

  2. Your article neglects to mention the increasing number of people that have pet allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, between 15 and 30 percent of the total population have pet allergies. Once you rent to people with pets, if you have carpets you can no longer guarantee with 100% certainty that all the hair/dander is removed from your rental. So while you could gain money and bookings by accepting guests w/ pets, you also remove the chances of booking people w/ allergies.

    There's also the matter of potential damage and filing claims to collect damage. It's also been my experience that while I've not had to collect $ from pet accidents, I've filed claims against human damage and loss. First they deny, then they get abusive, then they write a nasty review, not on this site, but on another site like Yelp.

    My choice has been to make my rentals pet free and smoke free. Sure, i turn away people who insist they have a well-behaved dog (would you really tell me if he wasn't well behaved?). But I also accept people who specifically ask me if there have ever been pets in the house, and I can say no. I also use as many natural cleaning products (baking soda, vinegar, and lemon, for example), and I gain more clientele for that strategy. And that's something you never have to worry that you're losing prospective guests over.

  3. Pets in our apartments are welcome under request. We normally add an extra cleanings fee of 50 €.
    What you think about ??
    Can you suggest other tips ??

    Giulio

  4. Most people leave a hateful review when you collect their deposit for a good reason. So how do you avoid that or what do you do when that is the case when a pets owner lashes out after their pet ruined/peed/or stained a carpet?

    • Il deposito cauzionale ha un suo significato, serve a coprire eventuali danni provocati da chiunque, occupi una casa, sia esso un animale o una persona, se si vuole trovare la casa in ottime condizioni, e questo fa piacere a tutti, si deve poter dare l'opportunità al proprietario di mantenere uno standard qualitativo alto, per fare ciò si dovrà pulire quel che viene macchiato o sostituire quello che si è rotto, se non si vuole mettere mano alla cauzione di tasca propria , allora bisogna pensare ad una assicurazione di responsabilità civile che copra eventuali danni, che non possono certo, essere caricati sul padrone di casa.

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