Call it the hidden variable of an apartment community’s pet population—visiting pets. While community teams have steadily gravitated toward crafting pet policies more reflective of the modern resident, these policies oftentimes omit this crucial component.
Apartment residents, like people everywhere, are absolutely crazy about their pets. Although it may sound cliché, renters feel like their dogs and cats truly are members of their families. The bond between owner and pet is unmistakable.
There are many benefits to multifamily communities being pet-friendly, including happier residents, an improved reputation and more homes available for pets that don’t have one. But the residual effects don’t stop there. Another major benefit is that it widens the pool of prospective residents.
Among the top storylines in multifamily housing this week: reevaluating the contactless community hype, reassessing data-sharing processes, the benefits of eliminating breed restrictions, middle-income housing opportunities, apartment investors mulling distressed mall opportunity and apartment values on the rebound.
Inside this issue: modern package management and customer service, preparing for compound disasters, data integration, millions fleeing major cities in pandemic, Jacksonville’s shipping container apartments and the future of urban parking due to Covid.
The impact of pets on resident satisfaction, fixing the package overflow problem, what Porsche can teach us about property management, getting buildings ready for a Covid winter, the never ending rent control battle and the impact of Covid on renters vs. homeowners make up this week’s multifamily industry headlines.
Seeing that nearly 70% of residents are pet owners—that’s more than two-thirds of a community’s population—it makes sense that pet data would be tracked in the same way. Those who do aim to track pet data often do so in haphazard fashion.
PetScreening announced it has partnered with First Communities Management to implement its platform at more than 53,000 apartment homes spanning over 200 communities. By partnering with PetScreening, First Communities is streamlining its pet processes and freeing its onsite teams from the burden of service and assistance animal verification.
Non-profit organizations Michelson Found Animals Foundation and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) today announced the launch of the Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative, a research and resource development initiative that promotes access to the joy of pets in every home.