What You Need to Know About Tenants with Exotic Pets

by Scott on May 31, 2017

So you’ve allowed cats and dogs to move into your community – great. It’s a fantastic first step, and one that will please a large majority of your pet-loving tenants. But what about those tenants with more unique pets? Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends deciding upon your exotic pet policy before someone asks to move in with their tarantula! It can be difficult to make up a policy on the spot, and you’ll want to be as impartial in the decision-making process as possible.
Birds, insects and snakes can be safe pets and wonderful additions to any family. But for those unfamiliar with exotic animals, there’s a lot to consider before allowing them into your community. Their diets often consist of critters that can only be classified as pests: crickets, mice, rats and other creepy crawlies. When asking yourself if you’ll allow exotic pets in your units, keep their diet in mind.
If you decide not to allow exotic animals in your community, you need to include the policy in your leases. There should also be language indicating penalties for tenants who break the rules. Consider issuing a warning to the tenant asking them to remove the animal within three days. If they don’t comply, you may want to proceed to evict the tenant.
Exotic animals aren’t for everyone – if you don’t feel comfortable allowing them on premises, don’t!
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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