Pet-Friendly vs. No-Pets: The Pros and Cons of Your Vacation Rental Policy

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Welcoming pets or keeping your vacation rental pet-free is a big decision. Let’s dig into the advantages and drawbacks of each choice. This way, you can make an informed decision that suits your property and goals.

Making Your Property Pet-Friendly

Broaden Your Market

By welcoming pets, you open doors to a wider customer base. Many families consider their furry friends part of the family and prefer rentals that accommodate their pets. With fewer pet-friendly options out there, you may attract more bookings.

According to Airbnb’s latest data, the most-searched-for amenity in recent months is “pets-allowed” — up from 5th place 2 years ago.

Higher Income Potential

You can charge a pet fee or deposit, which can help boost your income. Some guests may also be willing to pay a bit more for a place that accepts their four-legged companions.

Positive Image

Having a pet-friendly policy can give your property a positive image. It can show potential guests that you’re understanding and accommodating.

However, it’s not always roses.

Potential Damage

Pets can cause damage, from scratches on furniture to messes on the carpet. While a pet deposit can cover some damage costs, extensive damage could exceed the deposit amount, and there is never a guarantee that Airbnb will cover additional damage, meaning you may be out of pocket for certain things. This is also why it’s a good idea to consider furnishing your airbnb property with pet-friendly furniture that is more commercial quality, to ensure it can take a few paws and scratches without falling apart on you.


Future guests may have allergies. If a pet has stayed in your property, it may trigger allergic reactions, which could lead to negative reviews. Even though we do a specialty pet-cleaning. Once a home is pet-friendly, it will be impossible to completely sanitize it between stays for those with allergies.

Keeping Your Property Pet-Free

Less Wear and Tear

By keeping your property pet-free, you reduce the risk of pet-related damage. This means fewer repair costs and less maintenance, which can help keep your property in top condition.


A no-pets policy can attract guests with pet allergies. These guests will appreciate knowing they won’t be sneezing or itching during their stay.

Less Cleaning

Without pets, you may find cleaning between bookings is quicker and easier. You won’t need to worry about finding pet hair on the furniture or dealing with pet-related messes. This leads to lower cleaning fees, which means it’s easier for guests to afford their stay.

On the downside:

Narrower Guest Pool

A no-pets policy can limit your potential guest pool. Pet owners who love to travel with their furry friends may skip over your listing.

Lost Revenue

While you may avoid pet-related damage, you’ll also miss out on the potential to earn extra income from pet fees or deposits. And if you’re wanting to maximize your airbnb revenue, every possible income source helps.

Final Thoughts

Choosing between a pet-friendly or a no-pets policy depends on your comfort level, the type of property you own, and your target market. Whichever you choose, clear communication is key. Make sure your pet policy is clearly stated in your listing to avoid confusion and ensure a smooth experience for your guests.

At BnB My Place, we love our furry friends! When possible, we encourage opening your property to pets, and let us handle the added work that goes along with it.

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