Finding a suitable apartment that meets all of your wants and needs is not easy. It is a process that takes a lot of time, research, and footwork. However, when you have a pet, that process can be even that much more difficult. That is because many landlords do not allow pets in their buildings . . . or if they do, they have some pretty stringent guidelines as far as what type of pets they will allow. If you must find a home for both you and your furry friend, then here are some pointers for finding apartments that accept pets:
Identifying pet-friendly apartments. If you are searching online classifieds, websites, and print ads for available apartment housing, then it is likely that most advertisements you read will clearly state whether or not pets are allowed. If you find that you are interested in an apartment and can’t find that information in writing, then all you have to do is call the property manager and ask. Don’t even bother to explore apartments that explicitly do not allow pets.
Being honest, from the beginning. It is important that you are completely honest and open about your pet(s) with potential landlords from the beginning. To keep your pet a secret is to risk being evicted when your landlord inevitably finds out the truth.
Pet restrictions. Even when you do find apartments that accept pets, you may find that your particular pet is a no-go. Many landlords restrict the type and size of pets that are allowed. Generally speaking, any small pet that you keep in a cage is allowable (think gerbils, lizards, turtles, etc.), regardless of any existing pet policies. For the most part, you only have to worry about pet restrictions when you have a dog or a cat (there are exceptions, so be sure to inquire about your specific pet). Furthermore, you may find that your landlord will allow your furry friend to dwell in the apartment only if it weighs under a certain amount – the thought being that larger pets are more likely to cause damage to the apartment.
Pet deposits. If you find that your landlord will allow your pet, then you may also find that the privilege comes at a cost. Most landlords who make pet exceptions only do so upon receipt of a pet deposit. This is separate from your security deposit, and is usually only a fraction of your rent.
If you have a pet, you can certainly find an apartment to house you both. Just be aware that it may take some extra effort. Follow these tips to get into the perfect apartment for you and your furry friend.
About the Author: Jackson Weyler works for a short term housing group that specializes in helping individuals with pets find homes. It is often less stressful for an individual to keep a pet than to have to give him away or find him a foster home. Jackson’s goal is to keep happy families together!