Renting with pets:

 

Many of us have furry members of the family, and it can be kind of scary when you’re planning to move to a rental and are unsure as to whether or not they will be welcome. Here are some tips to make the process of moving with your favorite dog or cat (or other pet!) a little less stressful.

 

  • Check the fine print: Sure, this one seems a little obvious, but when you’re caught up in the fervor of finding your wonderful new home, sometimes you can forget to check to see if pets are a yes or a no. Many search sites actually have a filter now that will keep out the properties that will not allow animals, but sometimes they get through anyway. Make sure that this is a priority when you are searching through listings, that way you don’t fall in love with a house, apartment, or condo that won’t be accepting of your furry friend.

  • Be honest: If the property doesn’t allow pets, then don’t apply. Don’t try to sneak in Bubbles and Fluffy because they will be found out. And that is not a fun experience for anyone involved, and in the long run it’s only going to make you look bad to your landlord.

  • Create a resume: Not for you! For your pet! If you have rented with your little guy before and your landlord and neighbors loved them, make it known! Gather some references for your new landlord to contact so they can hear all the great stories of the time seeing that little furry face lifted their spirits.

  • Call the local humane society: The local animal shelter will be more than happy to give you information, or tell you who can, about the best pet-friendly places in the area. They, too, want happy pets!

  • Introduce your pet: If you have a really well behaved pet, then this might be a good idea. Let the landlord meet your furry (or feathery!) pal to see how they feel. You may be able to change someone’s mind, if they’re willing. This won’t work 100% of the time, but for those pets that make an excellent first impression, you might give it a try!

  • Be responsible about your pet: Even if it’s a resounding “yes!” that you can have a pet in your new home, make sure that you are still respectful of the landlord’s property. You definitely don’t want to be the cause of their putting “no pets allowed” if they rent their properties again.

 

These are just a few tips for renting with your pets, if you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know! Keep in mind that all of our properties are pet friendly!