Should you require tenants with pets to submit a “pet resume”?

Should you require tenants with pets to submit a "pet resume"?

As a landlord you face the possibility of receiving applications from tenants who are also pet owners. This is a fact of life in the world of property management but the BIG question is should you require those tenants to also submit a pet resume with their application? The answer to this question is yes.

Why A Pet Resume Works

A pet resume will put to rest any question about the pets behavior and provide you with peace of mind in knowing that a tenants pet is potty trained and well behaved for your home.

When requiring a tenant to submit a pet resume they should be able to answer the following questions:

  • How energetic is your dog or cat?
  • How vocal is your pet?
  • Is it housebroken?
  • How does it act around strangers and other dogs or cats?
  • Does it run around inside or prefer to expend energy outdoors?


Most landlords offer dog-friendly apartments to those whose pet is clean and healthy. He or she doesn’t want you spreading ticks and fleas to other units, after all. Therefore, you should devote a portion of your pet resume to health and grooming. Include the following:

  • How often you groom your dog both professionally and at home.

  • What preventative measures you use for fleas and ticks (name the product and when you apply it).

  • Note whether your dog is up to date on vaccinations.

  • How often you take your dog to the veterinarian for check-ups.

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