Waste Removal Policies
Another way that pet ownership can affect your building is by creating a mess. Pet owners may not pick up their waste on the property, making the property less desirable. You can have waste bins for dogs outside, and you can penalize owners who leave their dog’s poop behind, but it is challenging to figure out who is violating the rules. It just takes one lazy owner to create a headache for everyone else. Instead, have pet owners all contribute to a professional clean-up that comes in once a week or more often (depending on the number of dogs in the building.) That way, you can always be confident the poop is cleaned up.
Number of Pets and Spaying/Neutering
We have all heard horror stories of the owner who has seventeen cats or who has two breeding pairs of dogs and who allow the animals to ruin their home. Setting limits on the number of pets or requiring pets to be spayed or neutered are common responses to these problem situations. While pet breeding can be done safely and cleanly without impacting property values, it may be too much of a risk for your building to allow breeding. There are also pet limits created by municipalities that you can follow in your own building. A municipality might limit residents to a maximum of seven pets of any kind, or six dogs, or five cats, or some combination that makes sense for them. You can further base these limits on the size of your units.
Don’t Forget Support Animals
There are big consequences for not empowering those with support animals to have their animals in their home and around the property. Whatever pet policies you enact, be sure that your owners’ ability to have a support animal is not impinged upon.