I Shih Tzu Not!

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Real Estate Agent with Prado Real Estate South UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

I Shih Tzu Not!

 

Animal lovers adore their pets, often dressing them up in designer duds, bathing and blowing them dry, tying ribbons in their hair, dining with them, polishing toe nails, walking them in baby carriages, buying purses to stow them, transporting them in trains, planes, boats and automobiles when traveling.

 

But don't expect them to lease their investment properties to people with pets for the following reasons...

 

Example #1:

While home shopping one day with a client, we walked inside a tenant-occupied home with the most wonderful smells. He was cooking Mexican food, yum! Upon closer inspection of the house, there were dog droppings, mystery stain smears on the carpeting and deep gouges in the baseboards which looked like teeth marks.

 

Example #2:

A previously leased home for sale offered an extremely strong animal urine smell -before- opening the front door. We braved it, only to find the carpet crunchy in places, claw marks on all the insides of bedroom/bathroom doors and gouges in the trim around every door. It appeared the past renters left the dogs alone - A LOT! 

 

Example #3:

Some people are seriously allergic to animals and when not warned of their presence, can cause a serious health episode once across the threshold into a house. A client had to run for the door because there was a cat present. It was not noted on the MLS and until that very moment, I had no idea he was highly sensitive!

 

Damage deposits are often not enough to actually pay for the destruction of property that may occur:

  • Cats may spray a foul-smelling liquid to mark territory, claw at the carpet in doorways, conveniently urinate and scratch walls to sharpen their nails.
  • Dogs can break gates and screen doors, destroy landscapes by digging, scratch hard floor surfaces and when in heat, can leave blood everywhere. 
  • Birds can be dirty and unsanitary, leaving feathers, dander and droppings everywhere they land. The feces harden, making it difficult to remove.
  • Farm animals, such as mini horses, pigs and goats can cause considerable damage to interiors when left unattended, bringing down property values. 
  • Wild animals...well, it's obvious what can happen. No details necessary!

 

Here in southern Utah, there are pet-friendly apartments and single family homes available. Property management companies require a pet deposit and will charge for any/all of the above damages mentioned. 

 

Prior to making that move, it's in your best interests to check on pet-friendly lease opportunities or be unpleasantly surprised, I Shih Tzu not!

 

And when you're ready to buy a home, contact me to help achieve you and your pet's residential real estate goals because Wanda Can!

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Wanda. Kudos for your title choice on this post. Enjoy your day!

Sep 17, 2019 05:11 AM #1
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Lottie Kendall
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As Wayne Martin says, great title, and a good post about a common situation.

Sep 17, 2019 05:26 AM #2
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! LOL when I read your title.... but the content was right on the money....there are often repairs and/or replacement costs that an additional deposit will not cover!!!

Sep 17, 2019 05:36 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Wanda... we do have landlords in our area who absolutely do not allow pets. But we also have many who do allow, but with a very large pet deposit upfront to cover potential damage. Loved your title, by the way!

Sep 17, 2019 05:58 AM #4
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Wanda. When I was a landlord, I leased to people with pets all the time. The worst tenanyt I ever had was rich, English and destroyed the apartment. He didn't have an animal.

Sep 17, 2019 06:58 AM #5
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Thought it would grab attention and was appropriate for this post Wayne Martin

Sep 17, 2019 07:14 AM #6
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Thank you so much Lottie Kendall, hope you are having a fantastic week so far!

Sep 17, 2019 07:14 AM #7
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Good morning back at you Barbara Todaro. I have walked into homes where the damages from animasl were extreme and been waiting to use it in a blog post and can now say, I did it. LOL 

Sep 17, 2019 07:19 AM #8
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Animals depend on their humans to make good decisions for them because they are unable to do so. Some are fantastic, while others, not so much Nina Hollander

Sep 17, 2019 07:21 AM #9
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Ugh, I am so sorry about that Sheila Anderson! Some people are just self-entitled, horrible housekeepers. Our first Gbaby girl is a French Bulldog, that is both smart and well cared for. Sure, there will be accidents but for the most part, she is a great pup!

Sep 17, 2019 07:24 AM #10
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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It is amazing what animals can do and what people consdier a pet worth mentioning and those they don't. Often they consider cats and dogs worth mentioning, rabbits, hampsters and gerbils not so much.

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Haha, you are correct Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543! Yes, we once had a rabbit as a pet and she loved playing/sleeping with our cat! I did claim the cat but not the rabbit...

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