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Do Tell: Renting With Pets?

I spent agonizing weeks searching for pet-friendly apartments both in New York and San Francisco – it wasn't easy to find a place that welcomed my lil guy! The Dogs Trust offers these helpful tips for finding a home with your animals:

  • Write a pet résumé including dog's breed, size, age, activity level, and special accomplishments or training.
  • Get pet references from prior landlords, trainers, or others that know your pet well.
  • Offer proof from a vet of vaccinations, neutering, and any deworming and flea medications.
  • Explain his daily routine (e.g., visitors, dog walkers, daycare) to show how your pet will be cared for in your absence.

Have you ever had trouble finding a place to live that would also open its doors to your furry friend? Share your stories and advice in the comments below!


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ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
AnnaLove, I'm sorry but I have to disagree. In no way is this an attack on you, and I hope you can continue to slip by under the radar. I believe pet owners shouldn't lie and sneak pets into a place that doesn't allow them, because you become part of the problem. It is that much more unlikely that your apartment complex will ever be willing to re-visit the pet policy and perhaps change it in the future. "'Moving' and 'Landlord won't allow' are are among the top reasons given by pet owners when relinquishing their dogs or cats to animal shelters." The Humane Society of the United States as some excellent online resources for rental managers and pet owners as part of their "Pets for Life" campaign, designed to keep pets with their families throughout their whole life.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 9 years
Merlot is so sweet and quiet our neighbors are oblivious of her feline presence. Viva on the other hand is more vocal and social. Everyone in our complex loves her though. Our landlord was stoked when he first saw her. Our adjacent neighbors are always excited when we take her out. We walk her the corner store and our video rental place and both sets of owners love her. They always welcome her in with tons of petting. We're really lucky.
Keyser Keyser 9 years
I think bringing the dogs with is a better way to convince a landlord who might be waivering between yea and nay. S/he will be seeing hopefully my kids on their best behavior. I'd rather be honest than thrown out, I'm also against sneaking in pets then hoping the manager won't notice or toss me out for breaking a lease/rental agreement. To each his/her own, I guess.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
Well finding an apartment, period, in the area I need to be in for school is very difficult. I found a nice place finally but they have a no pet policy, so I'm just discreet with Princess. She's a chihuahua and does a bit of yapping, but it's mostly other college students living here and aren't as likely to whine about it as in other places I guess. Plus she's so cute. Oh and she pees on a pee pad so I don't have to worry about taking her out. I have seen a couple people walking their dogs outside. Leaving Princess behind was never an option, though, so I am prepared to have to move if she is discovered but I'm thinking it won't be an issue. Anyway, if you have an inside pet, I wouldn't take them apartment hunting with you just in case you find the perfect place that has a no-pet policy. I think that as long as they're not harrassing the neighbors no one will bother you about it.
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 9 years
I had a bull terrier and the county i lived in banned pit bulls, but the people who made the laws didnt know breeds because they tried saying my registered bull terrier that I got from a reputable breeder was a pit bull. So when I went apartment hunting I fooled the managers by saying I had a "target dog" and mysteriously they had no problem then.
moonlissa moonlissa 9 years
The pet deposit at my apartments is $500.00. I didn't have a dog when I moved in, and I waited a long time to get one. They have let me pay in installments! Sadie Grace is almost paid for...yeah!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
These tips wouldn't help where I live, as most places have set restrictions or weight limits that aren't flexible. I have it much easier with my cat than dog owners though. What appalls me is how many owners give up their pet because the apartment they're moving into doesn't take pets. As soon as I see that, I strike the place from my search...your pet is FAMILY!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I used Westside Rentals here in LA and only looked at dog friendly apartments (and even then, when you call ask about pets because sometimes they lie on their ad). After that it was very easy and I didn't have to do any of the things listed here. I have 2 dogs and I just told the prospective landlord that and she was fine, but I did have to make a pet deposit. So my advice: 1) Use a service like Westside Rentals. Seriously. Craigs List sucks for this, and driving around will take waaaaay too long when you need to find a pet friendly place. 2) Only look at pet friendly places, and double check. 3) Be prepared to put down a pet deposit.
amerynn amerynn 9 years
I am currently starting a search for a new place for me, my husband, and our little dog and I find it very frustrating. We may have found a great place (too early) and are waiting to find out if it's pet friendly, as otherwise it's perfect.
Keyser Keyser 9 years
I bring the kids with me when I look for apartments, that way the landlord/manager knows who they are, I'm not lying that I have small dogs then move in with a rottie and the boys work their charm ;) If there is any hesitation even though I know they're accepting of pets I will offer a larger pet deposit and offer to sign an acceptance of damages (mutually signed) i.e. I am responsible for all pet damages etc...usually they don't want that stuff but the idea that I'll offer says I'm a responsible pet mom. I also work into the conversation the boys are chipped, have all their shots and are housebroken.
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
I have never had an issue with the furry pets. It was fairly easy for me to fine a nice apartment for my dog. Although I have lived in apartments with weight limits as low as 20 pounds and while they usually mean dogs, technically my cat is over the weight limit, poor obese kitty. I do have problems with my scaled family members. Most are understanding since they are all in secure cages and NEVER come out. But I have run into problems. It is amazing how wrong the information people will quote me is. I am in the Herpetology field so I educate them and move on.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
When I moved from a townhouse to an apartment I had to give my puppy to a friend. His father was a Great Dane/Lab and his mother was a Rottie. The size wasn't a problem but I couldn't find anyone who would make an exception with Rottweiler in him. All his vet records listed his exact breeding and he had puppy school certificates and my previous landlord wrote a great letter for him. He is very happy in his new family and I see him often but I went through 10 apartments before making that choice. I currently am pet less but after finishing law school I fully intend to adopt a cute little one.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
It can be so hard! Because B-Bop is so small it wasn't as much of a hassle, I brought him with to all our house hunting appts (because it was out of town) and it seemed to help that they saw he was small and well behaved. One guy mentioned that in his experience kids ruin more stuff then dogs haha
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
this is a very timely post, Pet! Max and i are searching for a new place to live. It was great that we found the place we are living in now, it is amazing in pet friendly, tons of dogs!, but on the pricey side and i'd like to move closer to my we're apt. hunting. I actually found a place, that had a weight limit for dogs (40 lbs) and they said they would make an exception for max (who is 80 lbs!)..anyway, its a brand new place and very pretty, so looks like we may have found a winner. it is very difficult to rent with a pet, esp if you don't have money..most places charge you extra for the pet, on top of astronomical just be ready to pay!
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