It's estimated that 67% of all families in the U.S. own at least one pet. Since so many people are rooming with fuzzy companions, it makes the most sense for homeowners to allow pets on the property. Of course, too many pets could potentially lead to trouble. How many animals should landlords allow? This will depend on a few different factors.
Having enough space inside the property is important, especially for dogs. If your property is a studio apartment, there simply won't be enough space for multiple large dogs and their owner to live comfortably. If your property is a house with a few floors, there's room to accommodate multiple animals. It's perfectly acceptable to have up to three or more cats, for example, as long as the living quarters remain sanitary.
Different states and counties may have restrictions on how many animals you can own. In San Diego, the law states that residential homes are only permitted up to six dogs or cats altogether. In other cities, like Merced, tenants are only allowed to have up to four cats or dogs combined. Always make sure that you're complying with your region's zoning laws.
In addition to taking laws into account, you may want to have restrictions in place for certain pets:
How many animals you allow on your property is going to depend on your personal comfort level. However, it's worth noting that a pet-friendly apartment or home could be the deciding factor for many potential renters. Plus, pet deposits and fees are usually enough to offset incidental damage caused by your tenant's animal friend.