While finding home rentals and apartments for rent that are pet-friendly has become easier, there are a few considerations worth highlighting as you begin your search and start to evaluate the pros and cons of each potential property. TenantsDirect.com has put together a list of tips that pet owners are encouraged to read prior to signing a new lease.
Pet Policies: All pet-friendly properties will have specific guidelines that highlight any requirements that need to be followed by pet owners. These guidelines may range from pet size requirements to the type of pets allowed. More importantly, if you are planning to become a pet owner in the near future and already living in your place it is best to review the pet policy in advance. Some pet policies may require prior permission to allow pets or may have a no pet rule. Either way, being aware in advance and not having to choose between your place or pet is one of the best tips.
Building & Neighborhood Amenities: Is the community and/or neighborhood within close proximity to a dog park? Are there available walking trails that are well lit for those late night trips? How close is the nearest veterinary office for those unexpected accidents? Does the property provide convenient access to pet waste removal bags?
Pet Deposit: Inquire with the leasing consultant about any deposits that are required to rent a unit. A typical pet deposit can cost between $100 and $300 on average. For most of us, having to pay an additional $300 on top of a standard one month deposit for rent can be tough. Be sure to ask if your pet deposit is refundable. It is better to know all expenses upfront in order to prevent any last minute surprises.
Exotic animals: Exotic animals are typically categorized as reptiles (i.e., snakes, lizards, large turtles, alligators or crocodiles), birds, insects or large mammals (i.e., pigs, monkeys or goats, etc.). If you are the proud owner of an exotic animal, please be sure to contact your state’s department of agriculture and veterinarian’s office as well as read your property’s pet policies (see above). Also, check with your city clerk’s office to see if any specific licensing is required for your pet.
Renters have said enough is enough! According to a recent study, nine out of every ten renters have a pet and a large percentage plan to become pet owners in the near future. With stats like these, it’s easy to understand the increase in acceptance of pets and why so many apartment and home rentals are now willing to allow pets.
Let us know your thoughts, do you own a pet and/or was the pet-friendly policies a consideration when selecting a new apartment or home?