If you have a cat, dog, or both, it may be a bit more difficult to find a good apartment that allows pets. Many landlords and property management companies shy away from tenants with pets, so the search could be challenging. If you are planning to move soon or are just relocating to a new area, here are some tips to help ensure you find a pleasant, acceptable home for both you and your furry friend.
Before Signing a Lease
Before you decide on an apartment, there are a few things you will want to do as well as some things to ask before you sign on the dotted line:
- Are there weight restrictions on the pet you can have?
- What breeds does the apartment complex allow? Some places shy away from certain types of dogs, like pit bulls for example.
- How much is the pet deposit, and is it refundable?
- Are there areas nearby that you can walk your dog, or does the apartment building have an outdoor common area?
- How far away is the closest veterinarian and emergency vet?
- Is there a maximum number of pets you can have in the apartment?
- Would the landlord (such as one from Universal Realty Group) allow your pet to stay if you offered to pay more in rent each month?
- What clauses does the lease have for pet owners, and are they something you can live with?
- Would a rental home be better for you rather than an apartment complex? If so, look around for homes and see if the landlord allows pets.
Once You've Moved In
Pet owners not only have a responsibility to their pets, but to the other tenants living in the building as well. Once you've found a new home, there are some things you should do to ensure everyone is happy:
- Always leave and enter your apartment with your dog on a leash.
- Clean up any mess your pet leaves behind outside.
- Make sure your pet is potty trained to avoid staining the carpet in your apartment.
- Try to find a unit on the bottom floor so you don't disturb neighbors below.
- Allow your neighbors to come and meet your pets so they feel more comfortable.
- Be sure your dog does not bark frequently so as not to disturb other tenants.
- Ensure that your pet is up to date on all shots and current vaccinations.
- Always let people know you have a pet inside when they knock on the door before they enter your apartment.