If you are like most renters, you look forward to the day when you will get your security deposit back. Having a pet while renting a home may lessen the likelihood of you receiving a complete refund. Even though your Hillsborough property manager might allow pets, it’s up to you to ensure your pet doesn’t damage the property. If you don’t take measures in advance to make certain that they are appropriately cared for and well-behaved, you could end up losing your deposit or even paying more for any damage caused by your pet. The excellent news is that as a pet owner and a renter, you have a variety of options available to you to minimize the impact your pet will have on your rental property.
Keep Your Pet Clean and Healthy
One of the most effective tactics to protect your pet and your Hillsborough rental home is to ensure that your pet is clean and healthy. Consistently bathing and grooming your pet can effectively keep them comfortable as well as eliminate the unpleasant odors that can build up on furniture, walls, and carpeting. You should also take proper measures to keep your pet free of fleas or other parasites, which can infest a home and damage your pet’s health. Preventing fleas is significantly less difficult than getting rid of them later, so it is worth the effort to be proactive about it.
Train and Supervise Your Pet
One more significant technique by which to protect your rental home from undesirable damage is to train and supervise your pet properly. Pets like cats and dogs need to be trained to use a litter box or a yard to eliminate waste. If such training does not occur, pets can urinate or worse inside the rental home, which leads to severe damage to walls, floors, and even fixtures. Once carpeting has been urinated on, it is very hard to completely clean again. In its place, make sure you give your pet an appropriate place to do their business.
If accidents happen, enzyme products should be used to completely eradicate the smell of pet urine and discourage your pet from returning to that same spot. Unwanted urination, chewing, and other behaviors result from leaving a pet home alone for hours or even days at a time. Even pets left in the yard all day will dig holes, chew up sprinkler lines and plants, and cause other types of damage. There are many ways to keep your pet and your property safe while you are gone, from having someone check on them during the day to crate training them (for dogs). As a tenant, it is important to properly supervise your pet or risk losing your security deposit when you move out.
Clean Up After Your Pet (the Right Way)
Lastly, to minimize your pet’s presence in your rental home, cleaning up after them regularly (and instantly) is important. Pet waste should be promptly and correctly disposed of, and pet beds, kennels, cages, or other areas should be cleaned frequently. Pets living in dirty conditions can contract a wide range of diseases, many of which can pass to humans. Messy pets, yards, and homes also tend to attract insects and undesirable pests, which pose further health risks and can cause more damage to the property.
When you move out, it’s even more important to thoroughly deep-clean the property and assess any damage your pet may have caused. If you can make small repairs yourself, that can help a lot. For example, fill in any holes dug in the yard, clean up pet waste outside and inside, and properly wipe down all walls, baseboards, floors, and other regions the pet had access to. If your pet caused damage you can’t fix, don’t try to hide it! It’s best to document the property’s condition and report it to your landlord if a dispute arises.
Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but it doesn’t need to interfere with getting your security deposit back. Taking a few proactive steps ensures that you, your pet, and your home are clean and properly cared for.
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