For pet owners, finding a rental can be challenging, particularly with certain pets such as large breed dogs or if you have multiple animals. Some landlords have strict regulations where pets are concerned and may even ban them completely.
Before you choose a rental, it’s vital to discuss their pet policy and make sure the situation is something you and your landlord will be comfortable with.
Here are some tips to help you find the right rental when you have pets.
Tips for Renters with Pets
Search for pet-friendly rentals
Unfortunately, not all landlords make their rentals pet-friendly. It’s important to do your research before choosing a place to find out what their pet policy is. In some cases, they can be flexible. They may say no pets allowed, but if you speak to them directly and prove yourself a responsible pet parent, they may be persuaded.
Your best bet, however, is to look for rentals that already have a pet-friendly policy. Most real estate search engines let you make that selection when searching for properties. You can also check with a real estate agent or go to a local veterinary office or rescue organization to get their recommendations.
If there’s a rental you have your heart set on but the landlord is on the fence about your pets, then one way to instill confidence in them that you are a responsible pet owner is to provide references from your past landlords. Have them write letters vouching that both you and your pet acted responsibly.
Introduce your pet
Your landlord may want to meet your pet to see for themselves how the animal acts. They may be concerned about aggression and other factors, so you can ease their concerns by letting them meet them firsthand to see how your pet acts.
Offer more money or a deposit
Another way to persuade a landlord to permit you to have pets in the rental is by offering an increase in the rent or by putting down a safety deposit in case there are any damages to the property while you are a tenant. This could help sweeten the deal and give them more confidence in the situation.
Check out liability insurance
In some states and scenarios, a landlord can be held responsible should a pet harm someone while living on their property. Therefore, they may request liability insurance to insure your pet. Check with the landlord and with your insurance company to find out the state’s policies.
Ask before adopting
If you are planning to move and are considering getting a pet after you move in, be sure to check with your landlord to find out what their policies are and what steps you will have to take once you adopt the pet. Never try to hide it. If they find out you have a pet, you could put yourself at risk for being evicted or at the very least receiving a bad reputation.
Get it in writing
Always get your landlord’s pet policy in writing. While they may verbally agree to allow you to have pets, they could end up changing their mind and argue that they never allowed it in the first place. Make sure all parts of the agreement are there, including stipulations like a security deposit and other requirements.
When you are renting with pets, always be courteous and responsible to the landlord, as well as other tenants. Clean up after your pet, keep the noise level down, and respect common areas.