Sample Pet Interview: How to Evaluate Pets for Your Property

Beyond having a formal pet agreement as part of your leasing process, the key to making sure a pet will be successful in your community is conducting a pet interview. This means meeting the pet in person so you can confirm he or she is friendly and well-behaved.

Pet interview questions to ask

  • How old is your pet and how long have you had him or her?
  • Can you provide documentation from your vet that he or she is up to date on required vaccinations?
  • Has he or she been spayed or neutered?
  • Is he or she house-trained?
  • Is he or she an indoor pet, or an indoor/outdoor pet?
  • Is he or she treated for fleas?
  • How do you handle pet waste?
  • Do you always keep him or her leashed when outside?
  • Is he or she microchipped in case they get away from you?
  • Has he or she ever bitten anyone?
  • Have you had problems with excessive barking?
  • Have you had problems with excessive clawing or scratching of floors or furniture?
  • Are you prepared to pay for any damage done by the pet?
  • Does your renters insurance cover dog bites?
  • How much time do you expect your pet to spend alone each day?
  • What training has your pet had to help him or her behave well?
  • Can you provide a reference for your pet from your prior landlord?

Request a pet resume for the pet interview

You can also request that potential tenants provide a “pet resume” that shows why their pet will be a good tenant. These typically include:

  • A photo of the pet
  • A description of the pet’s daily activities
  • A description of the pet’s personality
  • A description of how the pet interacts with other people and pets
  • Details about training that has been completed to ensure good behavior
  • Proof of vaccinations

See sample PDFs herehere and here.

Ask an expert

You can also check whether a pet will be a good fit for your property by asking for a reference from the pet’s veterinarian or the shelter from which it was adopted. Both are likely to have insights into a pet’s temperament and behavior.

Want more info? Check out our Pet-Friendly Housing Toolkit for best practices for cities, tools for rental property owners, and tips for pet parents who rent.

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