Tips for Renting with Pets
When it comes time to move from one apartment to the next, there is generally more to it than meets the eye. You must make arrangements for getting out of your old place and renting a new one. Moving furniture is never easy, especially if you’re going to do it yourself. Moving into a new rental always seems to take longer, and have more pitfalls than you counted on. Add a pet into the mix and you have a recipe for a massive headache. Following are a few tips for renting with pets.
Not All Rentals Are Pet Friendly
As soon as you begin the search for a new place to rent, the first thing you may notice is that not all rentals are pet friendly. In fact, some places absolutely refuse to rent to anyone who has a pet. This means your options may be limited when you start looking for a home for you and your pet. Fortunately, there are enough places on the market that you should eventually be able to find a pet friendly rental.
Starting Your Search
Looking for a place to rent that allows pets may not be easy, but it is possible to find one if you’re persistent. Most condominium and apartment complexes have specific rules regarding pets on the premises. Some don’t allow pets at all, while others may allow a fish or a bird, or other small animals. A few places will allow larger animals, but put a weight limit on them. So a Great Dane may not be allowed, but a small Cocker Spaniel might be.
Contact Your Vet
A good place to start looking for pet friendly rentals is at your vet’s office. Because they’re familiar with the difficulties associated with having a pet, they may know of places in the vicinity that are willing to rent to a pet owner. Other places that generally have a lot to do with pets, such as your local humane society or your county’s animal control officer, may be able to point you in the right direction.
Be Up Front
It is not a good idea to try and deceive the owner of a rental property by not mentioning your pet, or worse yet, lying about it. Many homeowners that rent their property out would be amenable to having a pet – if you ask them right, and promise to pay for any damage the pet may cause. It’s really not a good idea to get off on the wrong foot by agreeing to rent a home or apartment and then have the landlord find out you have a pet. It could create a problem that may end up costing you money, or at the very least you may have to start your search for a pet friendly rental all over again.
Be Responsible – Outside
No one likes being around a dog that barks incessantly. It is distracting at the very least, and can become downright intolerable. If you have a dog that is unusually noisy, you may have to enroll them in an obedience school. The same goes for a dog that won’t stay at home–your brand new neighbors may not appreciate the little presents your dog leaves in their yard. Keep your dog or cat at home. Only take them out on a leash, and don’t let them run loose unless they’re in a pet friendly park – preferably one that’s fenced in. Many people like to feed wild birds in their back yard, and they probably won’t appreciate it if your cat uses their birdfeeder as a private hunting ground.
Be Responsible – Inside
Since your pet will probably spend quite a bit of time indoors, you should make sure they don’t damage the furniture, floors, or walls. A dog, especially a puppy or young dog, is quite energetic, and may be prone to chewing on whatever is available, including furniture and doorjambs. A cat can also cause a lot of damage by clawing the furniture or walls. You will need to teach your pets to behave themselves indoors so you won’t have to pay for damage or eventually get kicked out of your rental because of it.
Guest post from Chris Black. Chris writes about renting and renters insurance for RentersInsurance.com.