Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Mojave Desert, CA
I have actually been a landlord. It's what I did for more than 6 years before I "retired" (a.k.a. - husband told me to quit and "stay at home"). That career line can be very stressful. I've worked for one owner as a direct agent who allowed no pets at all except for fish in 10 gallon or less tank. I worked for another owner who didn't allow pets but I was able to change their minds. I advocated for no breed restrictions, and I won. But I set down rules for "problem breeds", not my wording choice, but they were very concerned about GSD, pitbulls, rotts, and Dobies. The rules were a sort of compromise with the owners and myself, though it was basically left at my discretion. We required an "interview" with the pet (dogs only), a statement from a veterinarian that was dated in the last month stating that the animal was up to date on shots and fixed (this rule was for dogs and cats), and "frequent home checks" every 6 months to ensure the animal (dogs and cats) weren't destroying the rental unit and was still generally well behaved, leashes at all times when outside, weren't allowed to be "tied out" (no room, and I personally disagree with it because too many people use it as a baby sitting service) and you had to pick up after them. If they were causing issues (and we never had any) it was grounds for a termination of lease if no other means worked. The last place I worked for didn't have breed restrictions, but they did have weight restrictions (which essentially ruled out the breeds people fear). The interview allowed me to interact with the dog(s) and see how they reacted to strangers as well as other pets, but I only had cats at the time. Pets are almost never the problem in my experience, it's almost always the renter. And it almost never has anything to do with the pet at all. The rare instances that the pets caused issues could have really been the owners fault. Destruction of the walls/doors/screens and/or ruining the carpet through urine and feces stains. IMO, the owner is more responsible for that than the animal is (generally, though not always). I genuinely hate breedism, and think people need to let go of their stereotypes when it comes to animals. That being said, I'm generally terrified of pitbulls and rottweilers. Both have a poor reputation. I've never met one that was ill tempered though, rather on the contrary they've all been sweet dogs, they just unsettle me is all. GSD is another breed that use to really make me nervous, but that's because my only encounters with them have been sans owner or directly after being rescued from a bad situation. Not the animals fault at all.