Empire’s DETAILED Pet Screening Process
When you don’t allow pets in your property, you eliminate a large section or segment of the rental applicant market. It might take a little bit longer to lease your property. If you do allow pets and we put a pet in your property, we use a pet screening service petscreening.com that vets household pets and validates assistance animals. Screening the pet adds value and an addition layer of liability protection for the landlord or property management company. The pet is documented so we know the history of the pet we are placing in the property. Using legal and fair housing guidelines, we create a pet profile with a FIDO score.
We learn all about the pet
Information is gathered from the pet owner about the general care, training, and vaccinations of the pet. We find out if anything special needs to be done for the pet and put it in writing. There is also a behavioral assessment to find out if the pet has ever been aggressive towards humans or other animals. We want to know everything about the pet including compatibility, looks, age, weight, color, sex, name, behavioral background, and vet history . All this information is documented and gives us a good idea of what kind of pet is being put in the property. It also is used to create the final score using the ABCs.
A – Affirmation – get information on the general care of the pet from the owner
B – Behavior – has it ever been aggressive towards humans or other animals
C – Compatibility – breed, age, vet history, weight, etc
We give the pet a FIDO score (paw rating) from 1-5 which will help the landlord better understand any housing related risk for each pet. The more compatible, the higher the paw rating. An animal that shows no aggression, has had all vaccinations, and is friendly with people is going to have a higher paw rating than a pet that might be out of date on the vaccinations or has shown aggression in the past.
If it is an assistant animal, they can validate it. People may try to claim their animal is an assistant animal, but there is documentation required to validate that. An assistance animal is an animal that people deemed necessary for them for them to basically get through their everyday life. They might need them to help get around, pick up things, or for dealing with emotional stress. These types of animals cannot be considered pets if they are considered assistant animals, therefore you can’t charge pet deposits and things like that for damage from the property under the FHA guidelines. For this reason, they must be verified is to make sure the animal is an assistant pet registered with the guidelines of the state. It is on record so that down the road there are no challenges or situations with the pet after the person moves out.
If you have any other questions about pet screening comm or how this process works, contact us today.