Beach Pets

Top 3 Things To Consider When Allowing Pets In Your Property

According to The American Pet Products Association, 68% of U.S. households are pet owners.  That is 4 out of every 10 American households, and most travel with their pets everywhere they go.  Oak Island, NC is one of the few year-round dog-friendly beaches on the east coast, with off-season off-leash time for your four-legged friends.

#1 Attract More rentals

Being dog-friendly can help you attract more rentals throughout the year.  As an owner, you want the widest and deepest pool of possible renters. Most pet owners are willing to pay an increased rental rate for having their beloved pets with them and they are more responsible.

#2 Additional Wear

Dogs can cause additional wear and tear on your property but you can account for this with a slight premium. All dog-friendly rentals require an additional pet fee. The additional pet fee is taken to cover any accidental damages as well as a flea spray when they depart.  Adding dog-friendly amenities such as a dog run or fenced in area for a pet can help with bored pet liability, by giving a pet somewhere to enjoy the outdoors with their owners.  If they care for their pet they are more likely to care for your home.

#3 Fair Housing Law

Tenants who require service animals must be allowed to have them. Service dogs don’t only assist the blind and hearing impaired.  A service animal is defined as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA guidelines.

While becoming a pet-friendly property can seem like a daunting task, in our experience being dog-friendly can be a wonderful addition to your property.