Finding a house is difficult. And the task can be made more difficult if you have a pet. Many rental properties do not allow a pet. Millions of pets find themselves living in shelters and rescues around US. The reason? They have been separated from their families due to the lack of pet-friendly housing. Here are a few tips of finding a pet-friendly house. You can thank us later.
You’ll be much more likely to find a place to live if you have enough time. It will take hard work and diligence, no matter what, but the more time you have to look, and the more lead time you can give a landlord, and the more options you will have. Nobody likes the hassles involved with moving, much less finding rental housing that accepts pets. If you are renting now, start to check ads and contact real estate agents and rental agencies at least six weeks before your lease expires.
Make use of available resources
Contact the humane society or animal care and control agency serving the area into which you are moving; the agency may be able to provide you with a list of apartment communities that allow pets. If you know any real estate agents, rental agents, or resident managers who own pets themselves or who share your love of animals, ask them for leads. In addition, be sure to check local newspapers. Finally, take a look at our links to sites that list pet-friendly apartments across the country.
Show yourself to be a responsible pet owner
The more documentation you can provide attesting to your conscientiousness as a pet owner, the more convincing your appeal will be to your future landlord. Get a letter of reference from your current landlord or condominium association verifying that you are a responsible pet owner. You could also get some written proof that your adult dog has completed a training class, or that your puppy is enrolled in one. A letter from your veterinarian stating that you have been diligent in your pet’s medical care would also serve the purpose.
Be ready to pay a little more
Tell your prospective landlord or resident manager that you are willing to pay an extra security deposit to cover any damages your pet might make to the property. Once permission has been granted by the landlord, be sure to get it in writing. Sign a pet addendum to your rental agreement. Comprehensive agreements protect people, property, and the pets themselves.
Think like a homeowner
Why don’t most landlords rent to pet-owners? Because they are concerned about property damage, cleanliness, and insurance policies. If you offer a pet deposit, a positive reference from your last landlord, and carry your own renter’s insurance, you have eliminated some of the biggest objections a homeowner may have to pets on the property.
The search can feel monumental, but don’t give up! You are your pets’ whole world, and working hard to take them with you will be worth every effort.