Lease Agreements and Pets
Hello pet owners - especially dog people
Im a small time landlord, rent out downstairs apartment and live upstairs. Ive usually said no dogs because I just don't know of a way to screen out the loud shrill yappers or the ones that just bark on and on and on the minute their owners leave and then the owners deny their little angels can possibly be doing that, since they're not around to hear it.
It's a dilemma because it seems to me that the most reliable, emotionally stable people tend to have pets so why rule them out? But then all it takes is one problem and your quality of life goes downhill drastically - for months on end sometimes.
Just wondering if yall have any ideas on how to screen out the problems - what approaches have you taken with landlords to verify that you're a good responsible owner. How have landlords you've dealt with handle it - do they just allow your dog and hope for the best or is there any negotiation involved?
I know some landlords charge extra for pets but that doesn't really get at the problem, IMHO. Some say small dogs only - does that translate into less loud or obnoxious barking?