Rental Property and Pets





According to a recent survey by a national online rental-listing company only 4% of properties in Florida allow their tenants to have dogs and cats. When we talk to property managers, a lot of the reasons we hear are the smell, scratches on wood floors, health hazards to young children, noise and the chance that pet will escape. Even if the property does allow pets , there are limits, both on how many pets you can have and how much each can weigh.

Property insurance trends to contribute to the no-pets edict. a growing number of policies blacklist certain breeds of dogs deemed aggressive – a label that can vary from year to the next. That means apartment complexes that otherwise allow dogs often ban those breeds. “Breed discrimination.” Some apartment complexes advertise a long list of amenities including 24 hour fitness center, big screen home theater, sand volleyball courts, free Wi-Fi poolside and being “pet friendly”. Well unless you have an Akita, Alaskan malamute, boxer, chow, Doberman pinscher, German shepherd, Great Dane, Pit bull, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, Bull terrier or Wolf hybrid. All are on the “aggressive” blacklist.

Nearly 40% of American households have a dog. We encourage property owners to allow a least smaller ones. Otherwise, they are severely limiting the potential pool of tenants. We have found that renters with larger dogs are often willing to pay a sizeable and refundable pet deposit.

“Our Property Manager just had an owner who didn’t want anything over 25 pounds, and she got an excellent application from someone with a Great Dane who said, “How much money will it take for you to accept our extremely gentle, 5 year old dog that happens to weigh 100 pounds?” The answer was, $1000.  So far everyone is living happily ever after with the arrangement.


If I can help you or anyone you  know needing real estate advice, please do not hesitate to contact me;

Donna Bishop Realtor phone; 239-560-3149 or email me;




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