3 Beds/ 2.5 Baths/ 2 Car Garage/ 2021 Sq. Ft. in Sunset Meadows-nasawood Coming Soon!

by marketing team 28, December 2016 05:57

      Ashoka Lion’s Rental Property Management has a new rental property coming soon to the market in 
Sunset Meadows-nasawood in Pearland City in the zip code of 77581

       If you are looking to rent this property in Houston Area, then you can reach out to our listing partner with Lion Group team at Carrington Real Estate to setup a preview before it hits the market. 

       Bedroom: 3 Beds                          Bathroom: 2.5 Baths

 Garage: 2 Attached Garage            Yard:  Yes

 Sq. Footage: 2021 Sq. Ft.               Stories: 2 Story               

 Lot Size: 6,299 Sq. Ft.                  

Amenities: 

1121 Gulfton is located in Sunset Meadows-nasawood subdivision in Brazoria County. This home is 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2Stories, 2,021 building square feet and was built in 1990. 

Air conditioning, Garage parking, Fireplace. This location is in Pearland. The closest park is Renwick Park.

When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.

Check out the Walk score: https://www.walkscore.com/score/1121-gulfton-drive-pearland-tx-77581

 After tenant move out or the home is available, please let us know if there are any issues that we may need to take care for you to move in. You can include it with your application so we can make sure that our make ready and the prospective tenant’s expectation are met.

More about our Property Management Team:

Ashoka Lion’s rental property management teams have been in business since 2006. We have been assisting landlords find quality tenants and manage the home with our staff, processes, and technology. We have been accredited by the BBB in both the Houston and Dallas markets.

Our screening process involves reviewing credit, criminal, and eviction history. In addition, we are performing verifications of current and prior landlords.

In regards to tenants, we have a thorough process to insure tenants have as smooth a process as possible with our 10 point move in process:

1.  At time of application, we do have explanation of some of the common issues that you will be signing off that you understand

2.     We have a page on our website with our criteria and documents requested including a separate page as to why we are requesting those documents.

3.     We do have a FAQ included on the website to discuss policy and procedure

4.     When we approve your lease, you will be given a clear set of terms in regards to monies owed and time frame that we request you approve

5.     When we send the approval for a tenant, there is a checklist to discuss steps to be taken prior to moving in

6.     Our welcome email and checklist has links for items such as a. (TREC discussion of main body of leas) and ( b. Importance of having renters insurance for tenants 

7.     Our staff will do an orientation to discuss lease and make sure you understand how we operate with our portal, etc.

8.     Our management companies lease packet includes a tenant user guide and FAQ in lease packet

9.     We request that tenant pays a $125 fee to meet a photographer/assessment person to help photographically document move in condition. This is to protect dispute between landlords and tenants regards to condition and damages. This report will be shared on your tenant portal online.

10.  Our management company’s manager or team will swing by later on to pick up lockboxes and supra, and this gives you a chance to let them know how the transition into the home is going.

If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Beds/ 2 Baths/ 2 Attached Garage/ 1772 Sq. Ft in Glenview Subdivision Coming Soon!

by marketing team 9, November 2016 07:03

·          Ashoka Lion’s Rental Property Management has a new rental property coming soon to the market in Glenview Subdivision in Dallas City in the zip code of 75241.

 If you are looking to rent this property in Houston, then you can reach out to our listing partner with Lion Group team at Carrington Real Estate to setup a preview before it hits the market. 

       Bedroom: 3 Beds                          Bathroom: 2 Baths

 Garage: 2 Attached Garage            Yard:  Yes

 Sq. Footage: 1772 Sq. Ft.              Stories: 1 Story               

 Lot Size: 16,592 Sq. Ft.                  

Amenities: 

This location is in the Glenview neighborhood in Dallas. Nearby parks include Glendale Park, Glendale Park and Oliver Park.

When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.

Check out the Walk score: https://www.walkscore.com/score/5325-mystic-trail-dallas-tx-75241

 After tenant move out or the home is available, please let us know if there are any issues that we may need to take care for you to move in. You can include it with your application so we can make sure that our make ready and the prospective tenant’s expectation are met.

More about our Property Management Team:

Ashoka Lion’s rental property management teams have been in business since 2006. We have been assisting landlords find quality tenants and manage the home with our staff, processes, and technology. We have been accredited by the BBB in both the Houston and Dallas markets.

Our screening process involves reviewing credit, criminal, and eviction history. In addition, we are performing verifications of current and prior landlords.

In regards to tenants, we have a thorough process to insure tenants have as smooth a process as possible with our 10 point move in process:

1.  At time of application, we do have explanation of some of the common issues that you will be signing off that you understand

2.     We have a page on our website with our criteria and documents requested including a separate page as to why we are requesting those documents.

3.     We do have a FAQ included on the website to discuss policy and procedure

4.     When we approve your lease, you will be given a clear set of terms in regards to monies owed and time frame that we request you approve

5.     When we send the approval for a tenant, there is a checklist to discuss steps to be taken prior to moving in

6.     Our welcome email and checklist has links for items such as a. (TREC discussion of main body of leas) and ( b. Importance of having renters insurance for tenants 

7.     Our staff will do an orientation to discuss lease and make sure you understand how we operate with our portal, etc.

8.     Our management companies lease packet includes a tenant user guide and FAQ in lease packet

9.     We request that tenant pays a $125 fee to meet a photographer/assessment person to help photographically document move in condition. This is to protect dispute between landlords and tenants regards to condition and damages. This report will be shared on your tenant portal online.

10.  Our management company’s manager or team will swing by later on to pick up lockboxes and supra, and this gives you a chance to let them know how the transition into the home is going.

If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.

 

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4 Beds, 2 Baths, 2 Garage, 2150 Sq. Ft. in Wellington Park North Ph 2a Coming Soon!

by marketing team 31, October 2016 06:23

·         Ashoka Lion’s Rental Property Management has a new rental property coming soon to the market in Wellington Park North Ph 2a Subdivision in Lancaster City in the zip code of 75134 .

 If you are looking to rent this property in Houston, then you can reach out to our listing partner with Lion Group team at Carrington Real Estate to setup a preview before it hits the market. 

Bedroom:  4 Beds                          Bathroom: 2 Baths

 Garage: 2  Attached Garage            Yard:  Yes

 Sq. Footage: 2150 Sq. Ft.              Stories: 1 Story               

 Lot Size: 7,884.36 Sq. Ft.                  

Amenities: 

This is a Single-Family Home located at 1551 Kensington Place, Lancaster, TX. 1551 Kensington Pl has 4 beds, 2 baths, and approximately 2,150 square feet. The property was built in 2004. 1551 Kensington Pl is in the 75134 ZIP code in Lancaster, TX. 

When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.

Check out the Walk score: https://www.walkscore.com/score/1551-kensington-pl-lancaster-tx-75134

 After tenant move out or the home is available, please let us know if there are any issues that we may need to take care for you to move in. You can include it with your application so we can make sure that our make ready and the prospective tenant’s expectation are met.

More about our Property Management Team:

Ashoka Lion’s rental property management teams have been in business since 2006. We have been assisting landlords find quality tenants and manage the home with our staff, processes, and technology. We have been accredited by the BBB in both the Houston and Dallas markets.

Our screening process involves reviewing credit, criminal, and eviction history. In addition, we are performing verifications of current and prior landlords.

In regards to tenants, we have a thorough process to insure tenants have as smooth a process as possible with our 10 point move in process:

1.  At time of application, we do have explanation of some of the common issues that you will be signing off that you understand

2.     We have a page on our website with our criteria and documents requested including a separate page as to why we are requesting those documents.

3.     We do have a FAQ included on the website to discuss policy and procedure

4.     When we approve your lease, you will be given a clear set of terms in regards to monies owed and time frame that we request you approve

5.     When we send the approval for a tenant, there is a checklist to discuss steps to be taken prior to moving in

6.     Our welcome email and checklist has links for items such as a. (TREC discussion of main body of leas) and ( b. Importance of having renters insurance for tenants 

7.     Our staff will do an orientation to discuss lease and make sure you understand how we operate with our portal, etc.

8.     Our management companies lease packet includes a tenant user guide and FAQ in lease packet

9.     We request that tenant pays a $125 fee to meet a photographer/assessment person to help photographically document move in condition. This is to protect dispute between landlords and tenants regards to condition and damages. This report will be shared on your tenant portal online.

10.  Our management company’s manager or team will swing by later on to pick up lockboxes and supra, and this gives you a chance to let them know how the transition into the home is going.

If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.

 

 

3 bed/ 2 Bath/ 2 Attached Garage/ 1228 Sq. Ft. in Hickory Creek Ph. 1 Subdivision Coming Soon

by marketing team 13, October 2016 05:11

Ashoka Lion’s Rental Property Management has a new rental property coming soon to the market in Hickory Creek Ph. 1 Subdivision in Dallas City in the zip code of 75253.

If you are looking to rent this property in Houston, then you can reach out to our listing partner with Lion Group team at Carrington Real Estate to setup a preview before it hits the market. 

 Bedroom: 3 Beds                          Bathroom: 2 Bath

 Garage: 2 Attached Garage              Yard:  Yes

 Sq. Footage: 1228 Sq. Ft.              Stories: 1 Story               

 Lot Size: 5,655 Sq. Ft.                  

Amenities: 

2069 Wild Creek Court has minimal transit which means it is possible to get on a bus and this location is a Car-Dependent neighborhood.

When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.

Check out the Walk score: https://www.walkscore.com/score/2069-wild-creek-ct-dallas-tx-75253

 After tenant move out or the home is available, please let us know if there are any issues that we may need to take care for you to move in. You can include it with your application so we can make sure that our make ready and the prospective tenant’s expectation are met.

More about our Property Management Team:

Ashoka Lion’s rental property management teams have been in business since 2006. We have been assisting landlords find quality tenants and manage the home with our staff, processes, and technology. We have been accredited by the BBB in both the Houston and Dallas markets.

Our screening process involves reviewing credit, criminal, and eviction history. In addition, we are performing verifications of current and prior landlords.

In regards to tenants, we have a thorough process to insure tenants have as smooth a process as possible with our 10 point move in process:

1.  At time of application, we do have explanation of some of the common issues that you will be signing off that you understand

2.     We have a page on our website with our criteria and documents requested including a separate page as to why we are requesting those documents.

3.     We do have a FAQ included on the website to discuss policy and procedure

4.     When we approve your lease, you will be given a clear set of terms in regards to monies owed and time frame that we request you approve

5.     When we send the approval for a tenant, there is a checklist to discuss steps to be taken prior to moving in

6.     Our welcome email and checklist has links for items such as a. (TREC discussion of main body of leas) and ( b. Importance of having renters insurance for tenants 

7.     Our staff will do an orientation to discuss lease and make sure you understand how we operate with our portal, etc.

8.     Our management companies lease packet includes a tenant user guide and FAQ in lease packet

9.     We request that tenant pays a $125 fee to meet a photographer/assessment person to help photographically document move in condition. This is to protect dispute between landlords and tenants regards to condition and damages. This report will be shared on your tenant portal online.

10.  Our management company’s manager or team will swing by later on to pick up lockboxes and supra, and this gives you a chance to let them know how the transition into the home is going.

If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ring Reminds Landlords To Not Leave Anything Behind

by sandy.linczer 31, October 2013 06:25

The Ring was a hit horror movie in 2002 starring Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, and Martin Henderson.  The movie is a remake of the 1998 Japanese film, Ringu, which involves a cursed video tape that kills anyone who watches it.  The string of terrors begin when two victims visit a cabin and find the video tape.  Out of curiosity they watch the video and that’s when the trouble begins.


If the property owner had removed all of his possessions before the tenant rented out the place, this string of deaths could have easily been avoided.  A deathly video tape is just one example of why property owners should remove all possessions from their house before a tenant moves in.  


For example, Ashoka Lion is currently dealing with a homeowner that left multiple power tools and a motorcycle in his garage.  If a kid happened upon any of these items, the results could be disastrous.  Another example that Ashoka Lion has dealt with is a client leaving multiple garden gnomes in her yard.  These gnomes had sentimental value to her and yet she wanted to risk leaving them there and chance a tenant or landscaper accidentally weed whacking one of her gnomes.  After much convincing, the client agreed to remove her gnomes from the yard and put them in storage.  

In addition to protecting your belongings, removing all belongings from the rental property is also the courteous thing to do.  But most importantly, it protects landlords from any liability if a tenant gets hurt tripping on an old lamp, playing with power tools, or you know, watching a cursed video tape and getting killed a week later.  

Happy Halloween from the Ashoka Lion Property Management Team.





Rental Unit - Great Way to Earn a Living

by Mirania 27, November 2012 16:59

To state the obvious, it is always better to own a rental unit that generates regular income than owning a property that creates heavy expenses. According to an interesting article published on Forbes.com (Click here for the full story from August 8th A 2012) earning an income from your rental units can prove to be a better financial strategy. 

Owning a rental unit has the following advantages:

  • It helps you earn a regular income (rent);
  •  It helps you obtain a positive cash flow ; and
  • You will be in profit even after paying all the expenses mentioned above.

Renting out your property can prove to be a profitable venture. There are countless landlords in Houston and Dallas area who have a flourishing business by renting out their assets. If you are looking forward to entering the business of renting property in Houston or Dallas area, you should master certain essential skills. The following tips and tricks will guide you to enter into the business of rental property. An ideal landlord possesses the following characteristics

  • Do you Deal with People well?: Being a landlord requires you to deal with vendors, tenants, governments, HOA, etc.
  • Do you know the right people? To be a successful real estate investor and landlord, you will need to build trusted relationship with real estate agents, contractors, banks, etc.
  • Do you have time to deal with a potential 24/7 commitment? You cannot expect that all repair emergencies will happen during business hours or when your not on vacation. If you work a job, then you will also feel times where those commitments will pull you in different directions.
  • Are you willing to build for a long term? The work you put in maybe only for $100 to $200 a month profit above your expenses (mortgage payment, management fees, taxes, repairs,etc), so you have to accept that your building a long term profit stream.

When you begin to answer those questions posed by Forbes, you may find yourself with answers like these:

  • Working with rental agents and property managers can reduce your cost of advertising and cost with failure to screen for tenants. For example, many property managers in the Houston and Dallas area have extensive marketing programs, can develop a better idea of market rent, and perform extensive screening that a typical investor may not be able to perform.
  • It might become impossible for you to manage several rental units concurrently. A successful landlord prefers hiring a property management company to take care of the rental units on regular basis. Similarly, if you have a huge rental asset, you should look for a property management company who can handle all the household problems effectively.  Property managers can remove the issues related with rent collection, dealing with emergency repairs, book keeping, keeping up with changes in landlord and tenant law, and more.
  •  You must have sufficient savings to buy properties. The best thing about purchasing a property with cash is that you can do away with the burden of mortgage payments.  Moreover, housing loans have also made it easier for an individual to become a landlord. However, if you have sufficient savings to invest in your rental property business, it will generate more profit.

Being a landlord is a viable way to earn a living for the right kind of person who has the financial resources, long term vision, risk tolerance, and ability to build the right team around them.

Tips to Avoid Rental Scams

by Mirania 27, November 2012 16:25

Rental Scams have become a common phenomenon these days with several tenants falling victims to apartment rental scams or a fake landlord scams every other day. Recently, I came across a news report at Myfoxphilly.com that speaks of an unscrupulous landlord who has duped several prospective tenants by luring them to sign false rental agreement for the same property. The prospective tenants have claimed paying thousands of dollars to the landlord as security deposits that he did not pay back for a house.

In order to avoid rental scams, tenants should be careful and follow certain measures to avoid such scams.  The number of rental scams is multiplying by leaps and bounds in real estate market. This article would focus on few guidelines that a tenant should follow in order to avoid getting scammed by dishonest landlords.

1) Read your documents: Never pay a security deposit before signing the rental agreement. If you have rented before, you can hopefully recognize some of the features of your standard lease (name of landlord, payment terms, late fee, rules,etc), and you should inspect your documentation to see if it looks legitimate.

2) Check out the Property in person:  Checking out the rental property if you can; because you may never get back your money, if it is a scam.  If you can drive by the property, then you can see if there is a rental sign in front of the property and this number matches the online advertisement contact numbers. Also, make sure that you check with the people in the neighborhood to confirm who owns the property.

3) Check if property ownership information matches online:  Ensure that the property you are renting is a legitimate rental property. The increasing number of foreclosures has encouraged the scammers to rent out properties that do not belong to them. Thus, before renting a house, spare some time to do an online investigation on the landlord and see if the name of the owner matches the party that you are contacting.  Additionally, usually property records will indicate potential mailing addresses , then you can use that to identify irregularities, if any.  The online records may indicate a ownership by the bank, so it may help identify that the landlord no longer owns the home.

4) If it sounds too good to be true,then it probably is:  It is not an easy task to identify a rental scam.  Often times, we as consumers or tenants get attracted to the astounding offers, attractive prices, and great deals that we open ourselves up to being fooled by the scammers.  One way to check is google the address and check the local real estate association sites and see if the property is listed on other sites for different prices, listed as a short sale, pre-foreclosure sale, or other contact information may differ. It maybe that the scammers are find their potential target properties by scanning other real estate listing and co-opting them for their purposes. In the case of this landlord in Philly, you may find out that the bank has listed the property for sale or short sale, and the owner or former owner did not have the right to lease it out again.

These are few important tips for tenants so that they can avoid being scammed by landlords. Therefore, as future tenants you should always be vigilant to avoid scammers and keep these guidelines in mind next time you look out for a rental property. It also helps to work with licensed real estate brokerages and property managers as they are governed and monitored by state regulatory agencies, so it does provide some  level of comfort that you are working with legitimate parties.

 

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The Omen: Signs of the appocalypse that we see as property managers

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 6, October 2012 00:30

The original The Omen was a 1976 movie that scared me witless. I remembered that I watched the movie on local network 20 Vision in Houston, and I was way too young to watch something that scary. The movie was just so scary to me, as it involves the story of the AntiChrist's arrival to a family by way of a secret adoption by Robert Thorn (played by Gregory Peck) due to the loss of their own baby that very same night.  The adoption was secret to protect Robert's wife, Katherine (played by Lee Remick), from the emotional trauma of losing her own child. 

This first movie was focused on this child's infancy stage to being a young five year old child.  The signs of evil surround Damien as he grows up. Among the signs that we come to bear witness to are that he had a birth mark under his with the numbers 666, a nanny who commits suicide proclaiming it is for Damien, a evil nanny who replaces the recently deceases nanny and brings with her a Rotweiller (who brings a Rotweiller to a new job?), Damien's own terror when approaching a church or sacred ground, and many other ominous signs.  The protagonist is Damien's adopted father, who is faced with the decision to try and stop his adopted son. Being a property manager in the Houston and Dallas area, we have our own version of omens that fortell of doom.  4 omens are:

1) Owners ignoring preventative methods to maintaining their property- Sometimes owners will ignore issues that should be dealt within a prompt manner for numerous reasons including financial ability to pay, desire to improve profit, belief that the problem is not severe to merit attention, and various other reasons. Like The Omen, these ominous signs rarely go away, and in fact, many times, they just get worse. For example, we always warn owners to consider preventative maintenance of their AC systems, Furnances, etc. We know that the situation may get worse and lead to a owner having a larger issues later on down the way.

2) Owners who only focus on price when comparing our bids to a untested random vendor- Another dangerous omen that we come across are owners who refuse to accept pricing from qualified vendors. Some owners will balk at the idea of spending money for various maintenance service, but in our experience as property managers; we know that the vendors that we are asking for assistance are expeirencd and qualified.  Our property management company will request fair pricing, but we do not necessarily work with vendors on the basis of price alone. Our goal is to find affordable, experienced, responsive vendors so that we can balance quality and price.   Sometimes, owner's balk at prices of services, and they will use vendors that they find on Craigslist and compare them to the prices that our property management companies vendors will charge. We warn owners that using untested vendors on the basis of price can lead to heart ache.

As property managers, we are caught in the middle, as the owner will have issues with quality, price, and responsiveness with these untested vendors; but we are also hearing from the tenants, who are demanding problems get fixed in a timely manner.  This is why we always invite owners to provide us the names of quality, respected vendors that they have experience with who will be open to joining our vendor list when they sign up for property management services from us; but we warn them that just using any random vendor could be a disastorous.

3) The owner who refuses to set the price near the recommended rent that the market indicates- Prior to listing a property for rent, our broker will send a landlord a rental maket analysis (referred to a comparative market analysis or "CMA" for short).  We do this to help set the expectations that a property hopes to achieve in terms of rent rates. Ocassionally, our property managers will come across a owner who has their own value that they feel, and they will ignore our suggestion. We have often learned that this owner will still blame us if their property is not moving off the market.

4) The owner with unrealistic expectations of money being remitted- This owner will not accept our processes and timelines as realistc. We tell these prospective owners that we often will remit rents back in the middle of the month, and they find it unacceptable. They argue that they have to pay the mortgage. However, we tell them that this is not a unrealistic expectation because the tenants could be late, bank holidays and weekends adjust when rents will clear a account, our staff has to reconcile and review the owner's  rental property activity to make sure that we have netted all appropriate expenses prior to sending it out, and a myriad of other reasons.

We explain that a owner should not bank on the fact that the owner's rental draw will to be in prior to most mortgages being due. This kind of owner tends to get mad and frustrated at the onset, so we always politely explain that our processes and services are built on reducing mistakes and insuring that we are carefully accounting for the monies provided to us. If they refuse to see rationale of our systems, we will let the owner know that our firm may not be the right fit for their services.

Though our signs are not the same as world ending signs that the threated in The Omen, but these signs do scare us as property managers.

 

 

Seven: The sin of gluttony brings flashbacks to how tenants sometimes take care of their property

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 4, October 2012 13:16

When I watched the movie "Seven", there were many graphic and difficult scenes to watch.  Seven was a thrilling movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey.  In the movie, a unnamed killer (who in the end is simply identified as John Doe) arranges several gruesome murders to replicate the seven deadly sins.  If you watched the movie, you probably cringed at how graphic and disgusting some of the scenes were. However, over the years as a property management company in the Houston and Dallas markets, we have found homes that would have seemed to be scenes straight out of the movie. I never understood why tenants would request a home be immaculate, but then upon a inspection, we discover that they take very little care of a home after they are given the keys.  Ashoka Lion will share one tenant story (name will not be revealed) to illustrate the kinds of flashbacks to Seven that we get as a property management company on a periodic basis.

My tenant story involved a lady who on paper seemed to be a solid prospect. Solid work history, no eviction or broken leases on record, made pretty good money , and did not register any red flags criminally. However, after this tenant moved in, we had a plumbing request. She had garbage disposal problem. We sent repair guys to the home, and they were thoroughly disgusted. In the home, they found dishes were piled high with uneaten foods left around the room and trash everywhere. The repair guys are instructed to inform our property managers of these kinds of issues, so we can schedule follow up inspections or send warning letters to tenant.  The guys continued to resolve the issue, and in the garbage disposal; the repair guys found pork bones and silverware in the garbage disposal. We obviously warned the tenant regarding this matter, but like a horror movie, this was just the begining. She later complained that the toilets were blocked up, so our property managers had to send repair guys out again. She had called our property managers to tell us that the toilet was blocked at 1 pm on a weekend, and we got a guy there around 6 pm. To our horror, her toilet was blocked up, but instead of leaving it alone; her family decided to continue using the toilet and caused it to over flow (no further details needed).

Truthfully, dealing with a tenant like this will make property management firms and their landlords think of the sin of wrath (not discussing further to avoid revealing too much about the movie).

 

 

CUJO: Pets are a big deal for landlords

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 1, October 2012 23:55

Cujo is the story of a family's dog (a mastiff), who becomes dangerous after becoming rabid (or some disease).  The dog attacks a family coming to visit another family, and they cannot escape. It maybe unlikely tenant's will ever have a dog turn into a crazed animal, but unfortunately; this story can happen. Every year, people in Houston, Dallas, and around the United State come across sad, tragic stories of animals attacking people.

There are many owners and landlords who are not comfortable with pets for the risk of damage to the home, but another factor to consider is a pet bites can be held potentially liable to the landlord. As a default, our property management firm will usually accept pets on a case by case basis. We request applicants turn in a picture of the animal, fill out the pet addendum which details size, age, breed, and has a few questions that the applicant should answer about animal ever biting someone, etc. We also request pet owners who apply to turn in any proof of vet shots, registrations, and/or training to help our landlords for our properties in Houston and Dallas get a comfort that the animal is being cared for by responsible pet owners.  If the owner accepts pets, then we usually request a refundable pet deposit and adjust the rent to compensate for the additional risk that a pet. As a general rule of thumb, we also request carpets be professionally cleaned and tenant's are required to carry renter's insurance with appropriate liabillity (300k).