Why you (landlord) SHOULD charge a PET SECURITY DEPOSIT!

Why you should charge a pet security deposit…. If you look at the photos below, you will understand why. Small or large dog, cat, cute or ugly….  You should charge a pet security deposit.

When my business partner and I first purchased this rental property it came with a tenant and a couple of dogs. After the tenant moved out we came in and got the house in rent ready condition. We knew there was a dog smell in the carpet, but we figured the carpet may have been salvageable. We hired a professional carpet cleaning company. The carpet cleaning company did a phenomenol job! The carpet“looked” great, BUT after 2-3 days the dog smell came back. And it was RIPE! I called the carpet cleaning company and explained our situation. They offered to come back to clean it again. And they did. And what do you know…. This DAMN dog smell came back! I’m like WTF!!

The issue was that the dogs urinated on the carpet so much throughout the years, that it seeped through the carpet, the padding, and into the wood. I finally realized this carpet HAD to be replaced. We hired Sherwin Williams to come in and install new carpet. Of course I waited till the last minute to tear out the old carpet (6:45a) lol. The installation was scheduled between 8:00a – 9:00a, but of course I got it out in enough time!

As I’m tearing out the old carpet, I see DISGUSTING urine stains on the backside of the carpet, in the padding, AND in the wood. That was the problem. The dog urine seeped into the carpet, the padding, and the wood!

So what a good landlord would do is PAINT THE HEAVILY SOILED WOOD FLOORS WITH “KILLZ PAINT” TO COVER THE DOG URINE ODOR AND STAINS.

Otherwise you’re just putting fresh new carpet over heavily urine stained wood floors. NOT eliminating the smell!

One last thing, typically we would consider sanding and staining the wood floors to bring them back to their original state, but this particular house was built back in 1890. During that time floors were made out of boards. Ugly ones at that.

Always charge a pet security deposit to cover the costs of pet stains and ordors!

 

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As you can see, the carpet cleaning company did a phenomenol job, BUT the issue was UNDER the carpet.

 

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See how it seeped into the padding. DISGUSTINGGGGGG.

 

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And into the wood floors:(

Use “Killz Paint” on the floors to eliminate the odors and stains.

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