This issue is up to you. According to these statistics, 68% of US households include at least 1 pet, and most of those have at least 1 dog. By not allowing pets, you eliminate the majority of the tenant pool, which means it will be harder to find a qualified tenant. When accepting pets, we will require a minimum $300 pet fee for up to 2 pets. It’s totally ok if you don’t allow pets. It simply means you will get fewer tenant prospects and may lose income due to longer vacancy. However, Fair Housing rules require us to accept valid service animals / emotional support animals without restriction, fee, or other requirements.
We use PetScreening to collect information and verify animals as part of the rental application process.