Is it worth thinking about allowing pets at your short term property let? There is no doubt that pet-friendly travel is on the rise all over the world. Those in favour of this move cite a number of benefits, from happier guests to happier pets. Those who are not in favour point out the potential risk of damage and mess.
How do you decide whether it is a smart move to make your short term property let pet-friendly? Is it even a good idea in first place? If you do decide to accept pets, what sort of rules will you need in place? Keep on reading to find out…
Is a Pet-Friendly Short Term Property Let a Good Idea?
Ultimately, the right answer to this will always come down to what you want to offer. If your short term property let is child-friendly and down to earth, and you yourself are a dog owner, you may feel that it is not such a big deal to have guests bring their pets. Likewise, there is a big different between a small, well-behaved pet and a pack of large dogs that could potentially wreck your property. With that in mind, some tips to help protect your short term property let include the following:
- Does your property have a swimming pool? If so, will dogs be able to use it? Can they easily climb in and out of the pool? Is it fenced off, or can dogs get in easily even if your guests are not around? Like most property owners in the drought-stricken Cape, you most likely have a pool cover on your pool to prevent water loss. Be aware that some of these covers can be lethal to pets if they cannot hold up any weight. If an animal dies at your property, it could end up becoming difficult for you and your guests.
- Are you allowed to keep pets in your property? If you are renting out an apartment, there are likely rules in place that determine whether pets are permitted. Most apartment complexes only permit small animals, while larger dogs are not permitted. Likewise, be sure that your guests’ pets will not cause a disturbance for your neighbours. You may also find that your short term rental manager does not advise on pets. Always be 100% sure that you are making the right decision.
- Do you have rules in place? If you do decide to go ahead and allow pets, what rules do you have in place? Are you covered in the event of mess, noise or any other issues? If your guest’s dog attacks someone, what will happen? Who will clean up after the pet? Do you have any limitations on how many pets, how large the pets are or whether aggressive dogs need to be kept indoors? Short term rental house rules are vital to protect you and your guests.
When in doubt, it is best to speak to your short term rental manager. As most managers will have plenty of experience in dealing with unusual guest requests, they will know how to advise you in a way that ensures the best results.
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