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The Secrets to Screening for Responsible Pet Owner Tenants

Posted in Client Service @ May 28th 2014 - By Yen Wong, Founder, Rent with Pets
Responsible Pet Owner Tenants Rent With Pets

Part 3 in our series of Guest Blog Posts: Everyone deserves to live with a pet - Renting with Pets.

Are you a rental property owner?  Are you a pet owner?  Imagine not being able to live with your furry companion.

Why not increase your tenant base (those that are interested in your property) by following these great tips from Rent with Pets? 

1. Do Some Market Research

Find out what the majority of tenants in your area are looking for in a rental property and give them options to get what they want.

  • Do tenants prefer two or three bedroom? 
  • Do they want furnished or unfurnished properties? 
  • How much are they willing to pay for extra services? 

Good tenants are a property investor's valued customers and they can help you reach your financial goals.  If as a prperty owner you are able to give your customers what they need, not only will they be happy to pay for it but many may also become loyal long term tenants as well.  Just what every rental property owners wants!

Rent With Pets collects data about what our tenants are looking for, and we are happy to share this information with our property managers and landlords.  Please email us emailalert@rentwithpets.com.au for access to our tenant data.

2. Flexible rental options

Consider offering a range of flexible options to attract a wider tenant base.  Some options like furniture may by expensive to provide, but you can recover these costs in the rent. Offer tiered pricing for features that will appeal to some tenants and not others. Furniture and pets are major deal breakers for many tenants.  Many expatriates prefer furnished properties, and are happy to pay for it. Tenants with pets often consider their pets as members of the family and will only consider properties that accept or are safe for their pets.. Recent research shows that pet owning tenants are happy to pay $25-$35 more per week for their rental property as discussed in this blog post from First National: Renting With Pets, Think Again.

3. Promotion and social media

Spread the word about your property in as many different ways as you can.  Advertise in different mediums to increase the number of people that find your listing.  We understand that this can be difficult and time consuming which is why Rent With Pets not only shares your listing on our website but also shares it on our powerful social media platforms. 

Some questions you might want to consider:

  • Do you self manage your proprty or use a property manager? 
  • Where are you advertising your property?
  • How else can you increase the market exposure of your property? 
  • Are agents showing it at convenient times for your potential tenants? 

Remember the wider your tenant base, the more good tenants you have to choose from.                                   

 

TOP TIPS FOR TENANT SELECTION AND SCREENING

1. Use a Good Property Manager

A good property manager/agent can help you to find the best tenant among all the people that have expressed interest in your property.  They can also save you a lot of time from:

  • buying insurance,
  • advertising,
  • showing properties,
  • reference checks,
  • credit checks,
  • tenant blacklist checks,
  • responding to maintenance requests, inspections, etc. 

Property managers can also screen tenants for a fraction of the cost that it would take for you to do it yourself. 

If you don't have a property manager you can search Rent with Pets to find a suitable Property Manager.  Click here if you would like to use this service and search for a Property Manager according to geographic location.  

To find out more check out these helpful articles about choosing a reliable property manager:

2. Research Potential Tenants Responsible Behaviours

Find out how responsible your potential tenants are. 

ccording to business coach T. Harv Eker "How you do anything is how you do everything".  Tenants that show responsible behaviour in some areas of their lives are usually responsible in other areas of their lives. Apart from credit checks, rental references, and work references, Rent With Pets offers unique tools to help you select a responsible tenant.  Our comprehensive responsible pet owner checklists can help you assess how well tenants look after their animals, and how likely they are to do the same for your property.

3. Responsible pet owners make ideal tenants

Responsible pet owners want the absolute best for their pets. They are happy to pay for the best home, food, training, veterinary care, etc.  Responsible pet owners want their pets to be healthy, happy, and live in a clean and secure environment.  There are some responsible pet owners that will even offer to pay for secure fences for their dogs, at no cost to landlords, so that their pets can be safe and secure. It is very rare to find a responsible pet owner having loud and destructive parties or destroying your property, as these activities would disturb their pets.

4. Responsible Pet Owner Checklist

  • Do they have Pet Insurance?
  • Can they supply a Pet Resume?
  • Can they provide Veterinary references?
  • Have their dogs completed some form of obedience training 
  • Have thir pets been desexed  (dogs, cats, rabbits)?
  • Can they show evidence of regular flea and external parasite treatment?
  • Can they show evidence of regular worming and internal parasite treatment?
  • Do they regularly have their pets vaccinated against infectious disease?
  • Are their pets registered and microchiped?
  • Can they demonstrate how their pets be  good neighbours?
  • How will they dispose of pet waste?
  • What arrangements do they have for their pets whilst they are at work?
  • What arrangements do they have for their pets when tenants are out of town?

5. Other options to help complete a Tenant Check

The National tenancy database is used by many reputable property managers to screen tenants. Useful information that can be found on this database include identity verification, credit history, rent default, etc.

Click here to visit the National Tenancy Database (ntd) 

Property owners who wish to self manage their properties and check potential tenants themselves can use Tenancy Check website.

Click here to visit Tenancy Check 

6. Social media check

Social media is a useful tool that many property managers overlook in tenant screening. Information on social media is often freely volunteered on platforms such as Facebook and google+  and depending on their security settings you may be able to view their posts including photos.  Do their photos show they keep their homes clean and tidy?  Do their posts reflect a kind, happy and peaceful mind?  Can social media verify what tenants say on their rental application?  Social media is a useful tool that many property managers overlook in tenant screening.

If you would like more information on Renting with Pets then you may enjoy the previous blog posts in the series:

If you have any questions as a property owner or as a pet owner that rents then why not ask Dr Yen Wong in the Comments section below?

 

Rent With Pets is a pet friendly rental property listing website.  They connect responsible pet owners with pet friendly landlords and property managers.  They encourage tenants to be responsible pet owners, and teach landlords about how to select for loyal and responsible pet owner tenants. they also help landlords and property managers set guidelines about what pets (eg. Cats, desexed, obedience trained) they consider suitable for each rental property, instead of saying no to all pets.

For more information on Rent with Pets, check out the Vetanswers blog post: Help make renting with pets easier: Spread the word about 'Rent with Pets' or visit the Rent with Pets website

Click here to check out the 'Rent with Pets' Business Directory Page

 

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