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132. Should You Accept Pets?

Have you considered putting out the welcome mat for the furry, four-legged travelers of the world? Well, there’s a pretty substantial market for pet-friendly vacation rentals. Study shows that more than half of pet owners bring their furry friends along on vacations and this is becoming the trend. According to Airbnb, the most popular amenities right now include wifi, free parking, and..a pet-friendly space! There is also growing evidence that pet-friendly properties are more lucrative than their non-pet neighbors. For starters, pet owners tend to stay longer in one location, meaning higher occupancy rates for your property, which also means maximizing the potential for earning in your listing. 

The question of whether or not to allow pets, however, is not an easy one. Many short-term rental owners have split opinions on the subject. If you are wondering if maybe offering pet-friendly properties isn’t a bad idea, after all, there are some simple ways and ideas to accommodate man’s best friend and protect our properties at the same time. This week, we’ll discuss:

  • Pros and cons  
  • Expectations to include in house rules
  • Pet-proof your rental (Furnishing for your pets)
  • Pet fees and cleaning fees
  • How to request money for accidental damage to property?
  • Longer-term stays (people don’t leave their pets at home forever)

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