Doing everything you can to show your commitment to caring for your rental property goes a long way in building trust with your landlord. So when it comes to renting with pets, it never hurts to take some extra precautions to reduce the risk of pet damage.
Not only will it provide you with some peace of mind but will also show your landlord or property manager that you are serious about responsible pet ownership and tenancy.
Protect your floors
Whether your rental has wooden floors or carpet, a great way to protect it is by covering the main parts of your home with some nice rugs. Not only does this help with any potential scratches or dirt but can also bring a little of your personality into your home.
This is also a great tip for renters who aren’t on the ground floor, to reduce any noise for your neighbours below you.
Talk to your neighbours
Sometimes, it can be hard to know exactly what your pet gets up to when you’re not home – that is, unless you’ve installed a pet cam! Most pet-owners know their pets quite well, but it doesn’t hurt to just approach your neighbours, introduce your pet and ask them to let you know if they ever have any issues.
It can be a great way of nurturing a community environment and can provide an opportunity for neighbours to approach you with any concerns for you to address first. You never know, you might also find another pet-owner close by willing to share pet minding duties!
Temporary pet doors
A recent invention for those living in rental apartments, are temporary pet doors. We honestly think they’re the best thing ever! It means your pet can wander around your courtyard or balcony without you feeling concerned about security.
There are a few different ones out in the market, but basically, they just slot into your sliding doors and can be fixed in place without causing any damage. Just remove them when you leave and use it in your next rental!
Keep it clean
Getting your rental property professionally cleaned at the end of your lease is usually a condition of your contract, but there are other things you can do to ensure your property remains in the best shape possible. Some examples of this are:
- making sure any waste is cleaned daily, including cat litter
- giving your pet regular baths to avoid odours
- grooming your pet if they malt a lot of hair
- ensuring any visible or public areas are kept clean and tidy
- protecting the entrance of your home from wet or dirty paws.
Professional pet training is a great option when your pet needs some extra help to address any behaviours that may impact your ability to stay in your rental property. A good example of this is to ensure your pet is toilet-trained to avoid any damage or odours in the property.
There’s plenty of qualified trainers available to assist you and if you prefer the DIY approach, there’s also endless online resources to help you and your pet address concerns in a positive, constructive way.