Skip to main content

Property Management Blog

What should a landlord consider about the neighborhood before accepting pets?

Hello and welcome back. Today, we're going to talk about some pet tips and continuing on our previous videos about pets. 

What should a landlord consider about the neighborhood before accepting pets?

We're going to talk about the neighborhood and how a landlord, you consider whatever neighborhood that they're renting in. Whatever property they have and then what the what the make up of the people around the building is like.  

  • Type of property: Think there should be a distinction here between building and house. So that single family then, you know, that's probably going to be a lot more conducive to a pet than, say, an urban dwelling, like two a property or four unit or three unit or something like that. 
  • Density of neighborhood: You have to consider the density of the neighborhood to. You know, we have here in San Diego, we have buildings that are maybe higher density as far as tenants, but they're also spread more apart, like in Pacific Beach and places like that, where it's not as noticeable. But if you get into Bakers Hill or around Balboa Park, it becomes a lot different. Right. It becomes much more dense and you have to worry more about the neighborhood and the neighbors and and the size of the pet. 
  • Pet addendum: Our recommendation is just put a limit on the size of the pet and make the owner do do a pet addendum so you can find out the history of the pet to is the dog A is barker, you know, little things like that.  
  • Year Built: It's also a good consideration to take in year in the building because oftentimes if you think about the when the building has been built, you can kind of determine the level of like structural protection against it from wall to wall. What type of insulation is in the walls and how well are the noise of flooring?  Ultimately, older buildings are better, because they're typically built they're built out of plaster in a lot of cases here in California. The walls are a little bit heavier. But at the end of the day, it really does come down to the pet, right? I mean, how the how the person takes care of the pet.  

ie: I think that ultimately always comes down to that. But the other thing is that if you think about certain neighborhoods and then you mentioned Bakers Hill renting in a three or four story building and building in Bakers Hill, a pet owner might be a little bit more challenging than a single family home in Del Mar. 

Understanding Limitations of a property:

If you have, again, a property that has multiple units and you don't have areas that are are totally sectioned off for yard space and things like that, then that's probably going to be a problem as well. You don't know how neighbors are going to respond to other people's pets. And, you know, are they do they have allergies? Do they have other issues? So, you know, ideally you'd you'd want to have the outside space be private. 

Transitional Buildings

And the other thing is, is that if if you're transitioning a building, I think that this has come up before is that if it's been a no pet building all of a sudden and you're starting to allow pets, how does that impact the neighbors? And, you know, are you going to end up with a lot of complaints because of pets? Because for, you know, you're changing the rules. Maybe you're trying to attract a different demographic or whatever it is you really have to consider, kind of like how that impact is going to change the people around it. 

First the first rule of thumb and the final rule is:

  1. Make sure that you have a solid agreement with the tenant about the pet
  2. Make sure the property works for pets. 

Don't don't think that, you know, to land a tenant, you have to allow pets.

If the property is not set up for it now, you can get yourself into a lot of trouble. That could be a problem. Yeah, and we've run into that. We have run into that. Yeah.  We've had we've had people that want to do that and it turns out to not be a good idea like in thirty one unit buildings downtown.  If you own a a smaller unit building or something, maybe closer to an area near Parker Beach and the neighborhood typically has a lot of pets already in it and some of your dog park or something, it might be a good consideration to allow pets.  Pets are certainly popular in Southern California.  San Diego especially I we have one of the most it's a big dog town.

 think that pets are great, but just make sure the property is set up for it.