Renting with pets

By Tenant

Finding an apartment to rent can be very difficult especially if you have pets like dogs and cats living with you. There are a number of pet owners who complained that many rental property owners only let them rent sub-standard or rental units that are already in poor condition just because the landlords do not want pets of any kind in their nice and standard apartments or homes. If you come to think of it is not really as black and white as it seems to be, landlords are not all evil and wicked for refusing any pet owners to rent their unit. Tenants who are also pet owners are not so messy and irresponsible as well. The reason why landlords refuse pet owners as tenants is because they want to protect their investment while pet owners just want to have a decent place to live along with their pets. So if you are a pet owner, here’s what you can do if you’re trying to rent a new place.

  • Invite your prospective landlord at your place. This way you can get the chance to show the landlord how well you keep and maintain your current unit in good condition. Also this is the chance for you to introduce your pet to him.
  • Make a resume. In order for you to show that you are not just a pet owner but a responsible owner as well, you can make a resume of your pet that includes information that may be helpful for your pet.
  • Put it in writing. A verbal agreement may not be good enough as an acceptance from your landlord about your pet. Try asking him to put the agreement in writing and ask him to sign it. This would serve as your protection and proof if ever any disputes would arise in the future. Make sure that your lease agreement specifies what kind of pet(s) you have.

Edited on: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 8:41 pm

15 Responses to “Renting with pets”

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March 13th, 2013 9:00 pm

Is there a limit to how many pets I can have?


March 14th, 2013 12:20 pm

Do landlords refuse tenants with birds?


March 15th, 2013 3:20 am

As a landlord


March 15th, 2013 6:20 pm

Yes we need responsible tenants.


March 16th, 2013 9:20 am

Is it even legal for a landlord to list his sub-standard apartment as for rent?


March 17th, 2013 12:40 am

Is there a legal fee for pets?


March 17th, 2013 4:00 pm

How can I know if what my landlord is asking for pet fees is legal?


March 18th, 2013 7:00 am

Is there a rental company that only rents apartments to pet owners?


March 18th, 2013 10:00 pm

I don’t think I would like to have a neighbour who has dogs.


March 19th, 2013 1:20 pm

Dogs can be very noisy at times.


March 20th, 2013 4:20 am

I love dogs. I just can’t have them.


March 20th, 2013 7:20 pm

It is really very hard to look for apartments that accept pets.


March 21st, 2013 10:20 am

It is awful to live in a sub-standard apartment.


March 22nd, 2013 1:40 am

Can my landlord evict me for getting a pet?


March 22nd, 2013 5:00 pm

Are there any restrictions for my pet?


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