Question for SR – Allowing Pets at Your Property (pt. 2)

Last week we discussed the pros and cons of allowing your tenants to keep pets. Should you choose to allow pets in your buildings, there’s more to know that will help going forward, including breed restrictions, city ordinances and laws.

Small animals and domestic fowl. There are specific regulations and restrictions on the number and types of animals allowed in residences. Up to 3 small animals (cats, dogs, rabbits, goats, etc.) are allowed in each dwelling unit. Residents may not have more than 1 potbelly pig, and goats may be kept if they are miniature, dwarf or pygmy, and dehorned.   Up to 8 domestic fowl may be kept on any lot; however roosters are not permitted.

Bees. Bees are allowed outright when registered with the State Department of Agriculture – no more than 4 hives, each with only 1 swarm, are allowed on lots of less than 10,000 square feet. Hives may not be located within 25 feet of any property line, except when located 8 feet or more above or below the grade immediately adjacent to the lot on which they are located. Colonies must be maintained in moveable frame hives. Bees may be considered a nuisance ­if the colony is defensive or exhibits objectionable behavior, or if they interfere with the normal use of a property or the enjoyment of other people; if the colony swarms, or if the hive becomes deceased or abandoned.

Breed Restrictions. Many Landlords choose to allow dogs but only certain breeds. Commonly restricted breeds include: pit bulls and pit bull mixes, boxers, rottweilers, dobermans and poodles. The most commonly restricted dogs tend to be those that have more of an aggressive or fighting reputation. Another strategy many Landlords choose is to only allow dogs under a certain weight limit – commonly 20 or 30 pounds.

When it comes to the animals more commonly encountered when leasing, it is important to note that federal law requires that service dogs be allowed, and prospective tenants may not be discriminated against because of a service or rehabilitation pet.

Note: Farm animals: Should this issue come up (!) – lots must be at least 20,000 square feet for farm animals to be permitted.

If you ever have any questions, you can always ask us here at SeattleRentals on our Facebook Page, through Twitter or in the comment section below.


Questions for SR – Allowing Pets at Your Property

The Seattle Rentals team is excited to announce the addition of two new members! Allison is our social media analyst and Darcy is our senior editor. Thanks for joining the team!          -Kyle

Pets. Lots of people own them. Not all landlords allow them. Here are some of the pros and cons of allowing tenants to have pets in your building:


You’ll attract more tenants
Not allowing pets excludes an entire (rather large) section of renters in the market. According to The Humane Society, approximately 49% of all renters own pets. By allowing pets, your pool of prospective tenants is much larger and you’re attracting more people to your rental, and as a result vacancies will be filled up faster. Moreover, you will avoid the risk of a tenant trying to “sneak” a pet in – instead the pet issues will be dealt with up front, and you will have it all in writing.

Higher Rent/Deposit
If a landlord chooses to allow pets, they can increase the deposit required to cover any damage caused as a result of a pet. Landlords can also charge an additional fee per pet to be added on to the monthly rent.

Increase the length of occupancy
Finding an apartment that allows pets isn’t always easy. Once a tenant has found one, it is less likely they will want to move and go through the process of finding another such apartment. Pet owners are less likely to move frequently to avoid another tedious search for a pet-friendly rental.


Cleaning/Risk of Wear and Tear
Allowing pets in a rental does increase the odds that there will be more damage or wear and tear. As vigilant as the owner may be, allowing a pet increases the likelihood of stains, wear and tear to carpet, and chewing or scratching on the walls, baseboards or cabinets. This issue can be partly dealt with up front by requiring a higher security or damage deposit if a tenant will have pets.

Disrupting other Tenants
Naturally, allowing pets does not mean all tenants will own pets. An incessantly barking dog or meowing cat can cause annoyance to other tenants in the same building.

If you ever have any questions, you can always ask us here at SeattleRentals on our Facebook Page, through Twitter or in the comment section below.

Questions for the Team at SR – Social Media (Conclusion)

In the past weeks we’ve walked through many of the different types of social media that can be useful for building your brand and promoting your vacancies. There are still a lot of other tools and sites out there that we haven’t touched on, so don’t be afraid to get out there and look around. Social media is a very new form of communication that is rapidly evolving. The first step is to understand where it’s at right now and the next step immediately after that is to look at where it’s going. I hope that we’ve given you at least an elementary understanding of where it’s at now. Here are a few final words of advice to help your social media campaign be all that it can be.

  1. Take on what you can handle: It’s easy to have ambitious goals of successful running a campaign through Twitter, Facebook, a WordPress blog, Foursquare and Tumblr all at the same time. The reality is though that running even just one of these can take a lot of time and energy. Don’t commit to so much right away that you get burned out and give up on social media. Pick one platform and set a consistent schedule for using it to interact with other users. When you feel like you comfortable have that under control, gradually add another platform. Having fewer, better-maintained campaigns will be more effective than having more campaigns going than you can handle.
  2. Don’t try to sell to hard: Ultimately the reason you’re starting a social media campaign is to fill vacancies faster. It’s important to remember though that social media is not like traditional advertising. Social media is more about building relationships with people than it is about advertising what you have available. Our rule of thumb here at SeattleRentals is 90-10: 90% of the time we’re talking about things other than ourselves and our product and 10% of the time we can talk about what we offer.
  3. Have fun! This is an opportunity for you to engage with your customers in a new way. There’s a reason that social media is so popular and that’s because it’s a fun thing that people enjoy. Even though running a social media campaign can be a lot of work at times, don’t be surprised if you find yourself having a good time while you do it!

You’ve got the tools, so go out there and get started! If you ever have any questions, you can always ask us here at SeattleRentals on our Facebook Page, through Twitter or in the comment section below.

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