Why HI Pro Realty
is Pro Pet!
There are many arguments that pertain to pets in housing and as a Realtor® providing Pet Friendly Property Management, it is important to us as a Property Manager® to explain the importance of being Pro Pet! Those of us who are pet owners and live and recreate on O‘ahu recognize that pets are an integral part of life for many here and throughout the Hawaiian archipelago and that Pet Friendly apartments are in high demand in Honolulu.
Local Pet Facts:
• Nearly 60% of Oahu households have pets.
• 43% of Oahu households own dogs.
• More than 300,000 pets are family members on Oahu.
• Responsible pet owners tend to be great tenants.
• Smaller dogs do not necessarily make better tenants.
• Breed-restrictive policies don’t work, as breed is not indicative of aggression.
Policies that ban animal companions limit the pool of qualified applicants and unnecessarily penalize the majority of pet owners who are responsible. Bans, including breed and size restrictions, increase the number of families that have to relinquish pets.
Breed bans have proved ineffective, as breed is not the only factor that can in influence behavior. The Centers for Disease Control discontinued documenting dog bite data by breed because it’s believed that an owner is the most important indicator as to whether a dog is likely to bite.
We certainly understand why a landlord would not want to provide Pet Friendly housing but we encourage our property management clients to consider the benefits of being Pet Friendly.
Laws that pertain to pets in housing:
Visit http://www.HawaiianHumane.org/current-laws for more info on these laws:
• Hawaii State Revised Statutes protect pet owners and govern pet issues.
• The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities who need service or emotional support animals.
• The Housing & Urban-Rural Recovery Act allows access to certain federally subsidized rental units.
• The Pet Deposit Bill allows a landlord and tenant to negotiate a pet security deposit no more than one month’s rent.
Remember to put it in writing:
Permission to have a pet should be in writing and should be signed by the tennant and the landlord. Comprehensive agreements protect people, property and the animals themselves. If your lease has a no-pets clause, verbal approval is not enough.
Pets in Housing information provided by the Hawaiian Humane Society