April 8, 2021

Pets, Emotional Support Animals, and Service Animals: What Landlords Need to Know

Nearly 50% of renters today own a pet. Landlords have millions of reasons to consider allowing animals in their units but must protect their interests by carefully creating pet policies to be competitive in finding tenants. Even if a landlord chooses not to allow pets in their rentals, many property owners are confused about the rules surrounding service animals and emotional support animals.

Here are our most recent articles on this topic as well as another reminder about tax tips landlords may be interested in. We also have updated our previous eviction moratorium information in light of recent extensions around the country.

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Today, more and more renters have or want to have pets, which is why many landlords are creating careful pet policies to be competitive in finding tenants. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of different types of pet fees and deposits a landlord can choose to implement. We also suggest strategies for choosing the best pet fee for rental property.

Landlords: Choosing the Best Pet Fee for Rental Property


As the number of emotional support animals continues to increase, landlords are struggling to understand the rules surrounding them. Navigating how to protect your property against damage, handling threats ESAs can have to other tenants, and the confusion between emotional support animals vs traditional service animals has never been more complicated. This article will help sort through common questions and outline your responsibilities and rights when renting to someone with an emotional support animal. 

Emotional Support Animal Housing Laws: A Landlord’s Guide


Tax season is upon us again. In this article we look at how rental income is taxed. We also share 8 tips you can follow to simplify your tax return filing and maximize the tax advantages available to rental property investors.

Rental Property Taxes: 8 Tax Tips for Landlords


Update: On March 29, 2021, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced a federal eviction moratorium extension, further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rent payments. We have updated this post to reflect federal and state eviction moratorium extensions:

Latest Federal Eviction Moratorium News


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