Pets in Apartments

10/15/2015
When it comes to renting an apartment with your pet, inform the landlord or property manager in advance that you have a pet. You’ll avoid a potentially unpleasant conversation in the future if you’re honest about the number and type of pets that will live in your apartment.

Lease Agreement
Your lease agreement stipulates your rights as a renter and details what the landlord expects from you, such as keeping the apartment in decent shape and paying the rent on time.

Also included in the lease agreement are stipulations regarding pets. In some cases, a property owner may not allow pets of any type in the rentals. If this is the situation, and you have a pet, it’s better to look elsewhere rather than attempt to change the owner’s mind.

When you find an apartment that allows pets, be sure to read all the conditions in the lease agreement. Even if the apartment allows pets, there may be size or breed restrictions. It’s better to know ahead of time what animals are allowed before signing a lease. Some property owners may require a pet deposit, in addition to the rental deposit and monthly fees, to cover any damage caused by your pet.

Size Does Matter
Size does matter when it comes to the dimensions of your apartment and the size of your pet. For instance, if you have a large dog and the apartment you’re considering renting is 700 square feet, you and your dog may feel cramped in an apartment this size. When your search for rentals, consider how much room you and your roommates/family members need to be comfortable and how much space your pet needs.

Parks and Recreation
A cat normally has enough space to roam even in a small apartment, but a dog needs daily exercise. Ask the prospective landlord if there are any parks nearby and if there is a designated area onsite to walk your dog.

You may also want to know if there is a doggy daycare not far from the apartment. Your dog might become bored if you leave him alone in your apartment all day, increasing the chance he may cause damage to the apartment. Dropping the dog off at a daycare on your way to work will give him plenty of time to socialize and play with other dogs.

Your pet’s comfort is just as important as your own and is an important consideration as you search for an apartment to rent. Also, be a good neighbor by always cleaning up after your pet in public areas. By following these steps, you and your pet will find an apartment that meets both of your needs.