I am currently managing my own property. The renter originally said they had 1 rabbit & 1 old dog, which were all to be outside. From speaking with the neighbour recently, I have been told the pet situation is more like 6 rabbits, 2 dogs, 2 cats & 4 birds.
I can’t inspect the property for another 2 months. Has anyone had any experience with this previously?
Cheers,JoParticipant@jodytJoin Date: 2015Post Count: 23
If you live locally pay the neighbour a visit and have a peak over the fence
Said neighbour is actually my brother. Her previously landlord said she had no issues in 7 years with her & always kept the place tidy & paid rent on time.
It’s more the animals inside I’m worried about.BuyersAgentParticipant@knightmJoin Date: 2005Post Count: 338
This is why I never self manage. Do you have a clause in the lease preventing pets? Make sure you review the tenancy act in your state and follow legal avenues to the letter. If it ends up in tribunal you need a paper trail of letters sent etc. If mailing, keep copies and possibly use registered post, if emailing, keep copies of it all, keep it professional but firm. Not sure if you are allowed to issue a breach notice based upon information received anecdotally. Check the act.bullet46Participant@bullet46Join Date: 2011Post Count: 51
In this same situation myself and have been for years…
Tenant says they have no pets, then I find out they have 2 or 3 and they are inside. The lesson I have learnt over the years, across many of my investment properties, is to not sweat the small things. Ask yourself: are they paying the rent on time? have they ever missed a payment? are the pets causing any damage to the inside of the property? Then get photographic proof for when the vacate.
It is one of the joys of being a property manager – Mine are all managed by a real estate and I still have the same problem. Breach the tenant or evict them and it costs you money advertising the property, plus any agent fees. Weigh it all up is my opinion.Jamie MooreParticipant@jamie-mJoin Date: 2010Post Count: 5,069
This is why I never self manage.
Been there – done that, won’t do it again.
A “good” property manager will take care of this for you.
Cheers for the replies.
Having a PM won’t change the pet factor. I personally know people who rent through agents that have multiple pets that the agent doesn’t know about.
All I can do is see what the place looks like upon inspection. Currently they are paying rent so that is a bonus.