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The Value of a Pet Audit in Rental Housing

Posted by Pat on Aug 5, 2019 1:57:31 PM

As the community manager at a 322-unit midrise in Atlanta, Jenny had a hunch that a few pets had come in to the property under their radar.

What Jenny and her team discovered was a definite eye-opener. Their door-to-door audit revealed residents had accumulated 36 unauthorized pets, meaning those that weren’t properly registered with the community. That underscored her management company’s desire for a more comprehensive platform to keep tabs on pet activity.

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Topics: pet policy

We Screen Our Residents, Why Not Our Pets?

Posted by Pat on Jun 6, 2019 10:00:00 AM
When a prospective resident submits an application at an apartment community, on-site teams want to know virtually everything about that resident before allowing them to sign a lease. Credit history, criminal background, rent history, current finances, that minor traffic ticket for failure to yield in 2004, and so on.

Yet, when it comes to the pets that accompany residents to their new home, little—if anything—is known about them. A detailed history of a pet’s behavior, the owner’s behavior with the pet, vaccinations, damages, excessive noise disruptions and other nuisances can prove just as relevant for apartment operators as the background of their residents.
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A Pet Policy Makeover: Ensure Residents Know and Follow Your Pet Policies

Posted by Pat on Apr 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

It happens time and time again, and the reasons given are common: “I didn’t know.” Or: “Nobody told me I couldn’t do this.”

Residents will often move into a community without a pet, but they may adopt one or have a friend or relative visit with a pet. Some may even start a pet-sitting business in their living rooms. On most occasions, they do not notify the community of these new pet-related developments. Naturally, this creates a risk for the community, especially if those pets have a history of barking, running off leash or even violent behavior.

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Topics: pet policy