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Why Pet-Friendly Housing is Essential and How We Protect Owners

Why Pet-Friendly Housing is Essential and How We Protect Owners

The Need for Pet-Friendly Housing and How We Protect Owners from Risk

As the real estate market continues to evolve, one trend has become increasingly evident: the rising demand for pet-friendly housing. With over 70% of U.S. households owning pets, it’s clear that accommodating furry friends is no longer a niche preference but a mainstream necessity. At American West Realty and Management, we recognize this growing need and have developed strategies to offer pet-friendly rental options while ensuring that property owners are protected from potential risks.

The Demand for Pet-Friendly Housing

Pet ownership has seen a significant rise in recent years, with more families and individuals welcoming pets into their homes. For many renters, finding a home that accommodates their pets is not just a preference but a requirement. Here are some reasons why pet-friendly housing is in high demand:

  1. Companionship and Mental Health: Pets provide emotional support and companionship, contributing positively to mental health. During challenging times, such as the recent pandemic, pets have played a crucial role in helping people cope with stress and loneliness.

  2. Long-Term Tenants: Pet owners tend to stay longer in pet-friendly homes, reducing turnover rates. They are also more likely to take care of the property, knowing that finding another pet-friendly rental might be challenging.

  3. Increased Rent Income: Renters are willing to pay more for the convenience of having their pet live with them.

How We Protect Property Owners

While the benefits of offering pet-friendly housing are clear, property owners may have concerns about potential risks, such as property damage and liability issues. American West Realty and Management implemented comprehensive measures to mitigate these risks and protect our clients’ investments.

  1. Thorough Screening Process: We conduct rigorous screening of both tenants and their pets. This includes checking the pet’s behavior, vaccination records, and compliance with local regulations. We ensure that only responsible pet owners and well-behaved pets are allowed in your property.

  2. Pet Agreements: We require tenants to sign a detailed pet agreement outlining their responsibilities. This includes guidelines for pet care, waste disposal, and noise control.

  3. Regular Inspections: Our team conducts regular property inspections to ensure pets are not causing any damage. These inspections help us identify and address any issues early, preventing long-term damage.

  4. Pet Insurance: American West Realty and Management requires all renters to carry renter's insurance, adding an additional layer of protection against accidental pet damage.

  5. Pet Guarantee: Depending on the management package you select, American West Realty and Management may offer to cover additional costs not covered by the tenant's security deposit.

  6. Maintenance and Repairs: We provide prompt maintenance and repair services to address any pet-related issues. Our team is experienced in handling pet damage, ensuring that your property remains in excellent condition. If the damage was caused by the pet, we hold the tenant responsible for that cost.


Embracing the trend of pet-friendly housing can significantly enhance the appeal of your rental properties, renting your home faster and encouraging the renter to stay longer. At American West Realty and Management, we are dedicated to helping property owners navigate this opportunity while minimizing risks. Our comprehensive approach ensures your investment is protected, and your tenants are happy, making pet-friendly housing a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Contact us today to learn more about our pet-friendly rental management services and how we can help you maximize your property’s potential.