Owning a Pet Friendly Airbnb Home

Choosing if you want to make your Airbnb Pet Friendly?

Here’s our take on the pros and cons of owning a pet friendly Airbnb.

With more pet owners viewing their furry companions as family members, the need for pet friendly holiday rentals on popular booking platforms like Airbnb, has surged. Owning a pet friendly Airbnb can offer numerous benefits, but it also comes with its share of challenges. If you’re considering making your rental property pet friendly, understanding these pros and cons of managing a pet friendly Airbnb can help.

Pros of Owning a Pet Friendly Airbnb Holiday Rental

  1. Expanded Market Reach
    Listing your property as being friendly for pets allows you to tap into a greater number of potential guests. Given there is an “Allows Pets” filter to choose from when listing (and booking!) a property, you can appeal to a wider audience and potentially get additional nights booked throughout the year.
  2. Higher Rental Income
    Pet owners often struggle to find accommodation that will welcome their pets. Rather than spending money on kennels or pet sitters, pet owners may be willing to pay a slightly higher premium for the convenience of bringing their pets along on their vacation. By catering to this niche market, you can attract more guests and potentially enjoy higher occupancy rates.
  3. Loyal Customer Base
    Providing a pet friendly Airbnb space can help build a loyal customer base. Satisfied pet owners are likely to return to your property for future stays and recommend it to fellow pet owners. Positive word-of-mouth and repeat business are valuable assets for any rental property owner.
  4. Positive Reviews
    Pet-friendly accommodations often receive positive reviews from grateful pet owners. Positive reviews can significantly enhance your property’s online presence and improve Airbnb search rankings. These reviews can highlight your property’s pet-friendly amenities, cleanliness, and overall appeal, attracting future pet owners to rent your property in the future.

Differentiation


In a crowded market, differentiation is key. Offering a pet friendly Airbnb rental sets your property apart from others that do not accommodate pets. This unique selling point can make your property stand out, particularly in popular holiday destinations where competition is fierce.

Small puppy sleeping in a dog bed.


69% of Australian Households own pets
Source: RSPCA 

Cons of Owning a Pet Friendly Airbnb Holiday Rental

  1. Increased Wear and Tear
    Allowing pets in your rental property can lead to increased wear and tear. Pets can cause damage to furniture, flooring, and other fixtures. Scratches, stains, and odours are common issues that may require more frequent repairs and maintenance, potentially increasing your overall costs.
  2. Higher Cleaning Costs
    Cleaning a pet-friendly rental property can be more time-consuming and costly. Pet hair and odours need to be thoroughly removed to ensure the property is clean for the next guest. 
  3. Potential Allergies for Future Guests
    Even with thorough cleaning, some pet allergens may linger in properties, posing a risk to guests with allergies. Guests with significant allergies may not book pet-friendly properties as a result.
  4. Noise Complaints
    Pets, particularly dogs, can create noise disturbances that may lead to complaints from neighbours. Barking or other loud behaviours can disrupt the peaceful environment most property owners seek from their guests. 
  5. Property Restrictions and Regulations
    Whilst there’s been a lift on pet restrictions for renters across Australia, some properties, especially those with common facilities or shared buildings may have specific rules around pets.
    Cute puppy with a ball.

    Tips for Managing a Pet Friendly Holiday Rental

    1. Clear Pet Policies
      Establish clear pet policies and communicate them to your guests before their stay. Specify the types of pets allowed, any size or breed restrictions, and the maximum number of pets permitted. Outline rules regarding pet behaviour, such as keeping pets off furniture and ensuring they are not left unattended for long periods.
    2. Pet-Friendly Areas
      Provide pet friendly areas like secure fencing, outdoor spaces, and easy-to-clean flooring. These can enhance the experience for both pets and their owners.
    3. Additional Fees
      Charge a pet fee to cover any additional cleaning and maintenance costs associated with hosting pets. This fee can help ensure your property remains in good condition for all guests.
    4. Regular Maintenance and Inspections
      Conduct regular maintenance and inspections to ensure your property remains in top condition.
    5. Pet-Specific Cleaning Protocols
      Implement pet-specific cleaning protocols to ensure your property is thoroughly cleaned between guests. Use pet friendly cleaning products and hire professional cleaners experienced in handling pet-related cleaning tasks.

    How Quickstay Achieves This

    Owning a pet friendly Airbnb can be rewarding, offering you increased bookings, higher rental income, and a loyal customer base. However, it’s natural for home owners to also be concerned about additional cleaning and wear and tear on their properties so may want to avoid pets altogether.

    At Quickstay, we manage a number of properties that allow pets, and do see these properties achieve attractive income results. Of the properties we manage that allow pets, 38% of bookings over a 12 month period were travellers bringing a pet so there’s evidence to show that a pet friendly property can be a point of difference to bookings.

    To help ease the minds of property owners when it comes to hosting guests with pets, generally we’ll only allow small dogs that are less than 10kg. We don’t allow cats or any other pets. 

    Would you believe that a guest once asked if they could bring their Horse! 

    We always ask potential guests to tell us about their pet before accepting their booking and ask for an additional ‘pet fee’ to cover the cost of a deeper clean post stay. We tell guests that pets cannot not go on furniture, beds or carpeted areas. We also let them know if any damage is caused then they are liable for repairs or replacement costs. We’ve never had to make an additional claim before.

    By implementing effective short-stay management strategies for pet friendly Airbnbs, you can successfully operate a pet friendly holiday rental that caters to the growing market of pet owners willing to travel with their pets and truly maximise your property’s income potential on the short-stay property market.

    Small child playing with a dog outside in the sun.