Posted on: 25 November 2015
According to the Humane Society of the U.S., there are nearly 80 million households that own a pet, with 99 percent of those owners considering their pets to either be companions or family members. Unfortunately, when you don't own your home, it can be hard to find somewhere to live without having to give up your beloved partner in crime. Here are five tips to help you find a good place to rent and to call home for you and your furry friend:
1. Make Sure You Give Plenty of Time for the Search.
Although it would be wonderful if searching for the right home for you and your pet would be as easy as counting to three, the truth of the matter is that it can take considerable time. This is because a large number of rental properties will not even honor the idea of a pet living in the community. Therefore, as soon as you decide to search for a new place to live, start with pet-friendly communities. Your best bet here may be to visit your local Humane Society of the United States, as they will usually have an extensive list of pet-friendly rental communities that you could obtain in person.
2. Find Out the Exact Pet Policy.
Once you've found a place or two that you're interested in, make sure to find out the exact terms of the pet policy. While some rentals are indeed pet-friendly, they may not allow a dog if it weighs over 25 pounds. Many apartment rental companies that welcome pets will still have a policy that restricts certain breeds.
3. Visit the Rental Property to Make Sure It's Suitable.
Before you go to far with the rental process, make sure that you've visited the property itself to determine if it is suitable for you and your pet. Are the walls thick enough that your animal won't get anxious from hearing other animals and people? Is there plenty of room for your four-legged friend to move around comfortably and happily? You will also want to inspect the area directly around your unit to make sure that it will be easy to take your pet out for bathroom breaks and exercise.
4. Convince the Landlord You're Responsible.
One of the reasons that rentals don't allow pets is because a large portion of animals will tear things up inside of the rental property. This can lead to costly renovations after you move out. You may be able to help yourself out by convincing your prospective landlord that you are indeed a responsible pet owner. If your area requires one, provide a pet license. Consider getting letters of recommendations from neighbors and previous landlords. Don't forget to also get copies of documentation that shows your pet has been vaccinated, spayed/neutered, etc.
5. Get Everything in Writing.
Last but not least, you must make sure that you get everything in writing. While the landlord may have said it was fine for your pet to be in the rental, you can't assume anything unless it is in your rental agreement. The wording needs to be clear that you can have a pet, and a description and photo of your pet should be included as well.
It can be challenging to rent with pets, but if you are a good pet owner and plan ahead, you can easily find the perfect rental home for you and your best friend.Share