Why landlords do not rent to pet owners?

By Tenant

Sometimes it is very easy for a tenant to get angry to a landlord who refuses their rental unit because of pets. To pet owners they treat their pets not just as animals but as a part of their family as well. They feel discriminated if the landlord will not allow their pet to live with them. But if you put yourself in the landlord’s shoes, you would know that it will only take one irresponsible tenant who has pets to turn them off.

You can not necessarily call a landlord who refuses pets in their apartments as pet haters. Maybe the reason behind them refusing pets is because they had experienced renting their apartment to pet owners before and it did not went good and they do not want that experience to happen again.

Here is a list of the reasons why a landlord refuses his apartment to pet owners:

  • Noise problems. Pets like dogs and cats that constantly make noise like barking or meowing can become a very huge problem to apartment building or condos that have a lot of tenants. Noise complaints from other tenants can cause headaches to the property manager or landlord.
  • Damages. When it comes to repairing the damages caused by the tenant’s pet, it is sometimes too expensive that the security deposit is not enough to pay for the repairs.
  • Community Concerns. When living in a neighbourhood, tenants are expected to respect their neighbours and the entire community as well. If the tenant’s pet wander around causing havoc to other tenant’s household causes a complaint to the landlord. Once again the landlord would have to deal with the issue.

You see now why landlords are reluctant to let pet owners rent their property? That does not necessarily mean that they do not like pets but because they are only protecting their investment and make sure that it is properly taken care of.

Edited on: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 8:44 pm

15 Responses to “Why landlords do not rent to pet owners?”

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March 13th, 2013 9:00 pm

Now I know.


March 14th, 2013 12:20 pm

Thanks this helps clear things out.


March 15th, 2013 3:40 am

I wonder what kind of experience my landlord had about pets….hmmm


March 15th, 2013 7:00 pm

What if I decided to get a pet


March 16th, 2013 10:20 am

I am a pet lover and it is important to me that my landlord will allow any pets to live in my home.


March 17th, 2013 1:20 am

Does the state law even have laws about renting to pet owners?


March 17th, 2013 4:20 pm

Past is past. Can the landlord just forget everything?


March 18th, 2013 7:40 am

I hate letting go a good apartment to live but I hate to let my pet dog go even more.


March 18th, 2013 11:00 pm

Does my landlord have the right to limit the number of pets I am allowed to?


March 19th, 2013 2:20 pm

I prefer to live with dogs for security purposes.


March 20th, 2013 5:40 am

I have a friend who is blind and is using the aid of a dog to live; he was evicted from his apartment because he has a dog. Can he sue his landlord for this?


March 20th, 2013 9:00 pm

Is there any special laws regarding having a dog to live with you if you are disabled?


March 21st, 2013 12:20 pm

Landlords do have to protect his investment property for future tenants.


March 22nd, 2013 3:40 am

Can you file a lawsuit for discrimination against your landlord because of this?


March 22nd, 2013 7:00 pm

How I wish there is a law that lets us pet owners live in a nice and decent apartment for once.


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