Moving can be a daunting process. And finding a rental home or apartment that will accommodate you and a pet can make the process even more challenging. A quest for locating the right home that accepts furry family members may take slightly longer than a search without pets. But you shouldn’t despair. Here are several things to keep in mind throughout a pet-friendly rental search.
Make use of available resources
It’s often an overlooked resource, but many animal rescue organizations can provide a list of pet-friendly apartment complexes or communities. If you’re moving to a new area, realtors may also be able to provide referrals for pet-friendly rentals. Apartment guides that are typically found in local supermarkets are also excellent resources. They’ll usually provide lists of rental communities that permit pets.
Pets cost extra
No matter what type of rental property, nearly all landlords charge extra for pets. This helps them insure against property damage. Depending on the rental, pet deposits can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to the equivalent of one month’s rent. In addition to renter’s insurance, some landlords may accept property coverage from some pet health insurance plans. A relatively new trend in the rental market has become the implementation of pet rent. This can be as little as $10-$50 on top of monthly rent for pet owners.
You may want to invest in a kennel, rugs, or new scratching posts to prevent your pet from damaging the rental property. This is also a good time to consider a pet monitoring or security system to keep a close eye on your pet when you are away. These systems are easy to install without a landline can provide you a good way to check-in and make sure your pet isn’t bored or causing problems.
Not all pets are welcome
Many rentals, especially apartment communities, may permit cats but not dogs, or only certain breeds of dogs. Some landlords may also have a policy restricting the size and weight of dogs that they will allow into their rentals. Even if a rental is advertised as pet-friendly, it’s important to check for any policy restrictions.
Even if pets are permitted, consider whether the area or apartment building is truly a pet-friendly environment. Are there other pets in the rental community? Have there been problems in the past with neighboring pet owners? Is the rental property itself adequate for a pet in terms of living space? And is there a park or space nearby for walking?
The encouraging news is as more rentals become pet-friendly, more options are opening for pet-owning tenants. With a little research and diligence, you can find the ideal rental home without having to give up your beloved pet.
About the author: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.