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Maximize Your Deposit Refund by Minimizing Your Pet’s Presence

Glendora Tenant with a Piggy Bank and a Cute CatIn case you are the same with most tenants, you await eagerly to the time when you will get your security deposit back. Although owning a pet while renting a home may lower your chances 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. If you don’t take measures in advance to assure 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 good news is that as a pet owner and a renter, there is a lot you can do to decrease the impact your pet will have on your rental property.

One of the most reliable methods to guard both your pet and your Glendora rental home is to make sure 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. You should also take proper 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 is meriting the effort to be proactive about it.

One more important way to guard your rental home against unwanted damage is to properly train and supervise your pet. Pets like cats and dogs need to be trained to use a litter box or a yard to eliminate waste. If such training does not occur, 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. Alternatively, 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 acts are also the effect 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 several techniques to keep your pet and your property safe while you are gone, from having someone check on them throughout the day to crate training them (for dogs). As a tenant, it is necessary to properly supervise your pet or risk losing your security deposit when you move out.

Eventually, to reduce the presence of your pet in your rental home, it is crucial to regularly clean up after them. 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 pose further health risks and can cause further damage to the property.

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

Are you looking for your next Glendora rental home? Check out our available rentals and give us a call at 626-600-2884 for more information.

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