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The Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets in Rental Properties: What Landlords Need to Know

Deciding whether or not to allow pets in a rental property can be difficult for landlords and property managers. On the one hand, pets can provide companionship and emotional support for tenants and may even help attract a larger pool of potential renters. On the other hand, pets can also bring added responsibility and possible damage to the property. This article will discuss the pros and cons of allowing tenants to have pets on your property.

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Check with your condo association

Before you decide whether or not you will accept pets, confirm with your condo association if pets are even allowed by your building. Some condo associations in Miami do not allow pets, and most have pet restrictions. Be sure to contact your condo association and find out the rules and regulations regarding tenants and pets.

The Pros of Allowing Pets on Your Property

There are many reasons why landlords should allow pets on their properties.

Pros of allowing pets:

  • Bigger pool of tenants

  • Pets can provide companionship, emotional support, and relief from stress for your tenants

  • May decrease the amount of damage caused by tenants

Bigger pool of tenants

First and foremost, many renters are looking for pet-friendly units, so it is essential to cater to this market. Allowing pets on your property can also be good for your business.

Pets can provide companionship, emotional support, and relief from stress for your tenants

Pets can provide tenants with much-needed companionship, emotional support, and stress relief. Studies have shown that having a pet can decrease levels of anxiety and depression, as animals are known to promote feelings of relaxation and well-being. Pets can also offer comfort during difficult times, such as the death of a loved one or a period of illness. In Miami, this can even mean the stress of the high cost of living, high rents, and the uncertainty of the economy.

May decrease the amount of damage caused by tenants

Many landlords worry that allowing pets will cause damage to their units, but the reality is that most damages caused by pets are relatively minor and can easily be fixed. Allowing pets may help decrease the damage caused by tenants, as they will be more likely to take care of their units if they know their pets are allowed to live there too.

Overall, there are some pros to allowing pets on your property. Pets can provide companionship, emotional support, and relief from stress, and they can also help increase the rent you charge for your units.

The cons of allowing tenants to have pets

There are several cons of allowing tenants to have pets in your Miami condo.

  • Damage to your rental property

  • Noise

  • Odors

  • Liabilities

Damage to your rental property

Pets can cause damage to units which can include scratching up floors or walls, chewing on furniture, or leaving behind urine or feces. In addition, some landlords may be hesitant to allow pets for fear of increased liability if something happens to the pet while it's on the property.


Another factor is noise, which can be a severe issue in a condo building. Pets, especially dogs, can be noisy and disturb other tenants if they are not properly trained or supervised. This could lead to complaints from other tenants and ultimately put the landlord in an uncomfortable position.

Pet Odor

Some landlords worry about pet odors, which can linger in a condo and make it difficult to attract new tenants after the tenant moves out. This could be an issue if the pet is not housebroken or doesn't receive regular baths.


Landlords may be concerned about potential liability if a tenant's pet causes harm to someone on the property. It is essential to review your insurance policy to determine if it covers damages caused by pets and consider requiring tenants with pets to have additional liability insurance.'

Overall, there are also cons to allowing pets in your rental property. They may cause damage to your property, cause noise complaints, cause an odor that lingers after the tenant moves out, and can be a liability.

Determining if allowing pets is right for you

If you're on the fence about allowing pets in your Miami condo, there are a few things you should consider. First, ask yourself if there is a demand for pet-friendly units in your area. The answer is most likely yes if you're renting a condo in the Downtown Miami area or South Beach. Then it's likely that allowing pets will be good for your business. You should also consider the number of damage pets can cause and whether you have the resources to deal with potential damages.

You may charge a tenant a non-refundable pet fee or deposit or monthly pet rent in addition, to rent to help you feel more confident in moving forward with a tenant with a pet. If you decide to charge a fee, deposit, or additional rent, it should be advertised in the listing so that tenants can make a well-informed decision if they are interested in your rental.

Service Animals are not pets

Service Animals, may be specifically trained to behave well in public and assist their owners. They are allowed by law in any public place, including restaurants, stores, and transportation. Condos associations and landlords may not treat service animals as pets. This is because service animals are not considered pets but assistants to people with disabilities.

As a landlord, knowing the difference between a service animal and a pet is essential and the laws surrounding them. For instance, pet fees, deposits and rent cannot be charged for service animals.

While service animals are to assist people with disabilities and for emotional support, people may seek the benefits of having a pet without paying fees and being limited to buildings that allow pets. This is particularly noticeable in places such as Miami, where there is an increasing demand for pet-friendly units. As a landlord, you may ask for proof that the animal is a Service Animal. However, it's relatively easy for people to obtain an ESA (Emotional Service Animal) letter.


Allowing pets when renting your Miami condo can have its pros and cons. On the one hand, pets provide companionship for tenants and can help reduce stress levels. On the other hand, they can cause damage to units and may be a nuisance to neighbors. It will ultimately be determined by what's best for you and your rental properties.


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