Do you own a dog but want to rent an apartment or condo, town home or house? If so, it’s vital that you’re fully informed before initiating this all-important process. Why? Because too many dogs are either abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters as a result of housing problems encountered by their owners. Renting with pets can seem daunting, but being prepared will increase your chances of success!
It’s understandable that many landlords may be leery of renting their premises to dog owners. Some tenants are thoughtless and irresponsible, allowing their pets to damage property, to chew and defecate inappropriately, and/or disturb their neighbors – from barking incessantly due to separation anxiety to jumping up on them or nipping them.
It’s therefore incumbent upon YOU to prove to prospective landlords that your dog is well trained, well mannered and well socialized, and that renters like you will not only be respectful of their rental property but will illustrate, by your example, that most pet owners are both conscientious and trustworthy. Since finding a rental property that welcomes ALL dogs regardless of breed or size can be difficult, considering the following:
Allow as much time as possible for as thorough a search as possible. Research all “animal-friendly” listings and all “animal-savvy” realtors by placing classified ads online. Reach out to your neighbors and co-workers, friends and family, through networking sites and social media for an even broader range of potential rentals. Renting with pets can be tough, but must be possible, right? Keep looking and use your resources to your advantage.
Stop by the supermarkets and drug stores in your area to pick up free publications of rental opportunities and visit such web sites as https://www.apartments.com
While some landlords may advertise “no pets” or have size or breed restrictions, others may be willing to make an exception — particularly if they own pets or are pet lovers themselves. It’s worth making an inquiry over the phone and even inviting the more amenable ones to meet with you and your dog. You never know how much an friendly in-person exchange can impact the situation and perhaps make renting with pets easy-peasy!
NEVER sign a lease that states, “no pets allowed” even if you happen to observe other pets on the premises. But most importantly, never accept the word of a realtor, manager or landlord that having one is “okay.” The only words that count are those WRITTEN in the lease. If the lease clearly states “no pets allowed”, ensure that it’s either crossed out or replaced with language approving your pet, and that all changes are initialed by both you and the landlord.
Any pet deposit or monthly fees should be specified in the lease, but before signing it, first discuss the matter with the landlord and/or renegotiate the amount.
Keep a signed copy of the lease with all of your other important documents where it can be readily retrieved if needed.
Then, once you and your cherished canine companion are happily ensconced in your new home, it remains your responsi
By Nomi Berger