Do you want to find a pet friendly apartment ? It is difficult but not impossible!
Looking for an apartment is an exhausting task by itself. Add a pet to the mix and things get quickly even more complicated. Don’t worry and take a look at our tips to find a pet friendly apartment:
1-Plan ahead and allow extra time for your search
Before the start of your apartment search it is crucial that you prepare yourself. Finding a pet friendly rental is difficult but definitely not impossible. However you should be aware that it might take a considerable amount of time for you to find a pet friendly apartment. You should start looking at least six weeks before you plan to move.
We recommend that before applying to places you gather:
– your pet’s obedience training and vaccination records. Provide written proof that your pet is spayed or neutered and is, therefore, healthier, calmer, and less likely to be a nuisance.
– a reference for your pet from your previous landlord or veterinarian vouching for your pet’s good behaviour. According to KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States: “A reference from a previous landlord can be huge in changing the mind of the landlord,”
Then you should try to connect to some networks. Good examples are the Humane Society of the United States website as well as your local shelter’s or veterinarian’s Facebook page and Website. Most of these places will have pet-friendly rental listings available or could give you some precious advices and answer your questions. You could also take a look at PeopleWithPets.com which specializes in helping you find a pet friendly apartment.
Also If you know any real estate agents, rental agents, or resident managers who share your love of animals, contact them and ask them for leads. Many of us at Cambridge Realty Group are pet owners ourselves and can help you and your loved pets find a pet friendly apartment.
2-Focus on single family rentals
Large apartment complex are more likely to have restrictive policy concerning pets. It might also be quite difficult -even impossible- to try to negotiate with them. Instead focus on individually-owned properties. They are more likely to be flexible and accept pets on a case-by-case basis.
When you find a pet friendly apartment that works for you and your pets, ACT QUICKLY before it is gone.
3- Sell yourself and your pet
Put yourself in the shoes of a landlord for a moment. They might have had bad experiences with pet owners in the past.
That’s why it is crucial that you sell yourself as a responsible pet owner who is committed to providing responsible pet care and being a responsible neighbour.
Let prospective landlords and managers know that you understand that living with a companion animal is a privilege, not a right. Make it clear that you intend to keep your pet under control at all time.
We also advice you set up a meeting between the land lord and your pet.Be sure your pet is freshly groomed and well-behaved. It could be great to invite the landlord to visit you and your pet in your current home or to provide pictures of you and your pet in your old property.
If the landlord is still hesitating, don’t hesitate to mention that that you are willing to pay an extra security deposit to cover any damages your pet might do to the property.