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Best Way To Attract Dog Owners To Your Property

A little over 70% of the rental market now comes with dogs in tow. This trend is not letting up anytime soon.  If you want to be competitive in the marketplace, you might consider making adjustments to your properties’ common areas. It might also, be a smart move to update some of your units amenities. Open yourself up to opportunities by installing and/or offering dog friendly units.  It’ll offer you a competitive edge in attracting new renters, instead of limiting your potential lessees. Here are some ideas to help you become a dog friendly rental location.  1)           If your property has a laundry room, you can consider putting in a washbasin on the floor where your residents can wash their dogs.  There are companies out there now which make specific pet-friendly wash basins which are easy to maintain. They are designed to capture any loose pet hair before it goes in down the drain. 2)            When you are turning your units, consider flooring which would be most suitable for a dog.  Hard surface flooring is especially favorable. 3)            Think about your open areas, and converting them into dog runs. You could fence in the area, and create a nice place for dogs to play and exercise. Manufactures have developed artificial grass specifically for this purpose. Be sure to have water always available for tired pooches on hand afterwards. 4)            Consider creating a partnership with a Dog Daycare facility. This could include, but not limited to drop off and pick up at res......
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Should Student Housing Properties Be Pet-Friendly?

Should Student Housing Properties Be Pet-Friendly?
If you were to ask any apartment hunter with a pet about their experiences trying to find a pet-friendly accommodation, chances are they’ll tell you how difficult it can be to find rentals that accept pets.   Apartment searching for pet owners can be particularly difficult. With so many people owning pets, one would assume that rental property owners would be more inclined to cater to tenants with pets, but this often isn’t the case. Rentals that do not allow pets can actually be eliminating a huge amount of potential renters. For example, let’s look at the millennial renter demographic. It’s been reported by Appfolio that approximately 76%+ of millennials own either cats or dogs. This means that rentals which prohibit pets are automatically eliminating over ¾ of the tenant pool right off the bat. This leaves approximately 24% of eligible millennial renters for those accommodations to compete for. It becomes clear that no-pet policies can actually work against landlords and property managers when it comes to leasing.   A recent survey found that 83% of respondents who were pet owners stated they found it difficult to find a pet-friendly rental and 56% reported having not been able to secure an apartment, due to a no-pets policy. In total, 21% of respondents reported that they had to give away a pet in order to find a rental accommodation..Many jurisdictions have ruled that it is legal for landlords to prohibit pets from inhabiting a rental unit. There are only a few places where pet owners have the law ......
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Where the pets play!

Where the pets play!
The picture attached is of my Milo.  He and his brother, Beckham, are like my children.  I would do anything for them, really- almost anything, and I'm not alone.  We are seeing, more & more, how much pets are truly becoming a part of the family.  If I was looking for an apartment, my search would start with my boys having a great quality of life.  Yes, pet searches are one of the top searches that renters look up, but they are also exploring a lot more- what's in it for the pet?  How can we create a pet paradise in our apartments? 1. Dog parks are so important.  Pets need a place to run, exercise, play and socialize.  If you have a pet park, market it.  Take your park a step further, add some agility pieces.  This is inexpensive to do, a see-saw like bridge, a tunnel to run through...  add some colorful elements to get more pets having fun at the park. 2. Happy Hour in the Dog park.  Everyone loves to watch their pets run around and have fun, while playing with other pets.  Everyone loves a drink!  Combine the 2 for a fun hour at the park. 3. Offer some pet services on the property.  Dog walkers, pet sitters, pet mobile grooming- have these services for your residents for their convenience and busy schedules. 4. Host fun Pet Meet ups at the pet park!  Or a pet walking Meet up...  Give people the time and place to......
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From Dogs to Drunks

DrunkBy Colin McCarthy, J.D., Robinson & Wood, San Jose, CA Well my last post was so good I did not have the courage to write another. About six months ago we were discussing various scenarios by which a landlord could be held liable in California for injuries or property damage occasioned by her tenants. We discussed how, if she knows about a tenant's animals' dangerous propensities, she might have a duty to prevent injuries of property damage to others arising from such dangerous propensities. Citation to the holy hand grenade scene must have subconsciously made me think I had reached my pinnacle in blog writing material. No more blog posts! Until now. What inspired this sudden turn of events? Alcohol. And a recent Buffalo Wild Wings beer with a Buildium person. As we discussed Buildium and life over beers, it occurred to me that I needed to re-engage the ATPM blog readers regarding the perils of tenants' overindulgence in alcohol and resultant personal injuries and property damage. Is there liability? If the landlord knows the tenant has a gun and is a heavy drinker, is she liable if the tenant shoots someone while drunk? Is the drinker the equivalent of a dangerous dog? In California, the landlord will not have a duty where she merely knows the tenant is a drinker and has guns. In one case, the plaintiff was a visitor of the tenants and was shot when the tenant was drinking. The landlord knew the tenant was a drinker and ......
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