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Maximize Your Deposit Refund by Minimizing Your Pet’s Presence

Mountain House Tenant with a Piggy Bank and a Cute CatJust like most tenants, you likewise look forward to the day when you will acquire your security deposit. However, owning a pet while renting a home may reduce your possibilities of receiving a full refund. Although your landlord might allow pets, it’s up to you to make sure your pet doesn’t damage the property. The problem when you don’t take action already to guarantee that they are properly cared for and well-behaved, you could end up losing your deposit or even paying more for any damage caused by your pet. The great thing is that as a pet owner and a renter, there are plenty of measures that you can do to decrease the effect your pet will have on your rental property.

One of the best ways to take care of both your pet and your Mountain House rental home is to see to it that your pet is clean and healthy. Regularly bathing and grooming your pet can help keep them comfortable and reduce unpleasant odors that can accumulate on furniture, walls, and carpeting. It would help if you also took consistent and suitable actions to keep your pet free of fleas or other parasites, which can infest a home as well as harm your pet’s health. Preventing fleas is much easier than trying to remove them later, so it deserves all the effort to be proactive about it.

One more very important way to safeguard your rental home from unwanted damage is to properly train and supervise your pet. Pets like cats and dogs have to be trained to use a litter box or a yard to eliminate waste. If such training doesn’t happen, pets can urinate or worse inside the rental home, leading to severe damage to walls, floors, and even fixtures. Once carpeting has been urinated on, it is very hard to get completely clean again. Preferably, you ought to make sure you give your pet an appropriate place to do their business.

If accidents do arise, enzyme products should be used to completely remove the smell of pet urine and to discourage your pet from going back to that same spot. Unwanted urination, chewing, and other demeanors are also the consequence of leaving a pet home alone for hours or even days at a time. Even pets left in the yard all day will dig holes, chew up sprinkler lines and plants, and cause other types of damage. There are many ways to keep your pet and your property safe while you are gone, from having someone keep tabs on them throughout the day to crate training them (for dogs). As a tenant, it is crucial to properly supervise your pet or risk losing your security deposit when you move out.

Lastly, to reduce the presence of your pet in your rental home, it is essential to clean up after them frequently. Pet waste should be promptly and correctly disposed of, and pet beds, kennels, cages, or other areas cleaned frequently. Pets who live in dirty conditions can contract a wide range of diseases, many of which they can transfer to humans. Dirty pets, yards, and homes also tend to attract insects and unwanted pests, which could bring further health risks and can cause further damage to the property.

Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but it doesn’t need to prevent getting your security deposit back. By taking a few proactive steps, you can establish that you, your pet, and your home are clean and properly cared for.

Are you looking for your next Mountain House rental home? Check out our available rentals and give us a call at 925-495-4953 for more information.

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