“Ask Kari” is a monthly, Question & Answer feature from Kari Negri. Kari has two decades of property management experience, is a featured speaker at many industry trade shows, such as AAGLA’s annual trade show, and is the CEO of SKY Properties, Inc. in Los Angeles.
This month’s question comes from Rose in Los Angeles: “Hi Kari, what are your thoughts on accepting pets?”
Hi Rose! People often consider pets a member of their family. While some building owners have policies not to allow pets, if you do, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Tip 1: Renter’s insurance required.
In our buildings, we require renter’s insurance with pet coverage. Please note, your building insurance may have breed restrictions. You can get a list of restrictions from your broker.
Tip 2: Creates good community.
People love their pets! Pets can provide a means for residents to have a sense of community. Often when people walk their dogs, they will stop and say hello to other pet owners.
Tip 3: Dog station is a worthy investment.
A dog station is a place to offer biodegradable bags for owners to clean up after their pets.
Tip 4: DNA swabbing.
Swabbing is something to consider doing if you have repeat waste offenders that you cannot catch. This helps identify each dog.
Tip 5: Don’t restrict by size, restrict by breed.
While larger dogs are often seen as something to restrict, we have not found that to be the case. Most large dogs seem to have less energy than smaller ones. Overall, our observations show that they make less noise and can hold their bladder longer.
Tip 6: Meet the pet!
It’s always a good idea to meet whomever is going to live at your building, right?
Tip 7: Get a pet agreement.
It’s a good idea to include a pet agreement in your lease – you can get a sample in the AAGLA office or on-line. Also, please make sure that each pet has a license with the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services 1-888-452-7381
Tip 8: Pet rent.
A great idea! We charge pet rent of $35-$50 per month to add revenue and account for providing a dog station. Additionally, you have to really love that animal to pay rent for them.
As always, please remember, I am not an attorney. Seek clarification through your attorney. All articles are simply an opinion. Stay in touch at www.GetSky.net
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