West Vancouver property owners like every other home owner worry about damage by rambunctious kids, large pets and cigarette smokers. Well, luckily we have the Residential Tenancy Act which states clearly you cannot discriminate against children. While most home owners prefer to rent to a professional couple with no children, no pets and solid non-smokers, in reality, the average renters have at least 2 out of the three. Tenants who rent houses almost always have both children and pets. Many landlords want to rent out their properties pet free and smokers are definitely not welcome. West Vancouver property renters are prepared to pay the standard half month pet deposit for their beloved pets and dog walking is a common sight especially in the popular area of Dundarave and Ambelside. The deposit gives the home owner some peace of mind their property will not be damaged by the pet and if it is they at least have some financial relief for the repairs. A simple call to the tenant’s previous landlord can bring peace of mind to the home owner in regards to the pet’s normal behavior and the tenant’s responsibility towards the home. West Vancouver Property Managers deal with this issue on a daily basis. In a tight rental market you don’t want to limit possible tenants, but instead need to open it up to as many people as possible. When it comes to renting out the home after housing pets, children and smokers, you should budget for possible damages. Painting and flooring repair will usually be the minimum you can expect to undertake, to varying degrees regarding expected damages. For me, it doesn’t seem like a home without children and pets but smokers outside only please.