You and I as pet owners know that if you live in rental housing it is near impossible to find a landlord that will allow pets. When you do find someone who will allow pets, they charge you a hefty deposit (that is usually non-refundable) and still tack on an extra $50-$100 to the monthly rent! So what do you do? Here’s a short guide to renting with pets.
Here’s a few tips:
- Bring up the possibility of having a pet when you meet the potential landlord in person.
- Prepare a fact sheet for each of your pets, including name, temperament, medical information, training, proof of spay/neuter, etc. Showing that you are a responsible pet owner, just might change the landlord’s mind.
- Give references for any past landlord that has allowed you to have pets.
- Invite the new landlord to meet the pet in your current residence, so they can observe his behavior and show that you clean up after him.
- Ask the new landlord if he would like you to sign a pet policy.
- Offer to pay a pet deposit for any damages that might occur.
So how do you find pet-friendly housing?
The easiest way to find pet-friendly housing is to contact the local humane society or SPCA. Most have a list of pet-friendly landlords in the area. If they do not, then start by calling smaller apartment communities and private landlords. They are most likely not run by a larger company and may be more open to allowing pets.
Have questions? Ask them!