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Maximize Your Deposit Refund by Minimizing Your Pet’s Presence

Cocoa Tenant with a Piggy Bank and a Cute CatIn the event that you are like most tenants, you anticipate the day when you will recover your security deposit. Be that as it may, owning a pet while renting a home may diminish your odds of getting a full refund. Despite the fact that your landlord might allow pets, it’s up to you to ensure your pet doesn’t damage the property. On the off chance that you don’t take steps in advance to ensure 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 ton you can do to limit the effect your pet will have on your rental property.

One of the greatest ways to defend both your pet and your Cocoa rental home is to check 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 appropriate steps 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 worth the effort to be practical about it.

One more very important way to protect your rental home from 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 transpire, 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. Instead, make sure you give your pet an appropriate place to do their business.

In case accidents do happen, 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 behaviors are likewise the outcome 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 an eye on them throughout the day to crate training them (for dogs). As a tenant, it is important to properly supervise your pet or risk losing your security deposit when you move out.

Finally, to diminish the presence of your pet in your rental home, it is important to often 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 pass 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 affect getting your security deposit back. By doing a few practical steps, you can certify that you, your pet, and your home are clean and properly cared for.

Are you looking for your next Cocoa rental home? Check out our available rentals and give us a call at 321-610-8022 for more information.

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