Pet Friendly Apartments For Rent

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Finding a pet-friendly apartment that’s right for you requires some planning ahead. You can quickly use MyNewPlace to find apartment buildings or complexes that offer pet-friendly units; however, it takes additional steps to make sure the space is right for both you and your furry companion. You will also need to be made aware of the specific rules and guidelines for having a pet in your new apartment and see if they can be comfortably negotiated. Whether you live with a dog, cat, bird, or snake, this article discusses the basic considerations that are imperative for searching for pet friendly apartments.

State Laws on Private Ownership of Animals

There are some non-negotiable state rules and regulations that you need to keep in mind when you decide to move to an apartment building that offers pet-friendly accommodations. For one, rental companies must comply with state laws regarding what kinds of pets residents may keep in their unit, and as far as state law is concerned, you will only encounter difficulties or challenges if you own an exotic or wild animal. For those pet owners who do not own the typical dog or cat, be aware that states often have restrictions on the types/species of reptiles and amphibians owners may keep as pets as well the quantity of these types of pets you can own. Finding the regulations for your individual state online and contacting the appropriate department (like Fish and Game) directly are important first steps.

Private Rules, Regulations, and Restrictions Made By the Rental Company or Apartment Building/Complex

Rental companies have their own set of rules, restrictions, and regulations that must be followed when it comes to keeping a pet in your home. Companies that offer pet-friendly apartments usually assume that most cat or dog owners tailor their ownership requirements accordingly. For both types of pets, owners will typically need to submit documented proof that the pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations before moving in. Many rental companies also have additional restrictions on dog breeds and size, so mention to any rental company the kind of dog you have during initial meetings and walkthroughs with landlords to ensure that they allow the particular breed that you own.

If you happen to have a bird, fish, or another domestic animal that people typically tend to keep in their homes as pets, restrictions might include animal type (i.e., birds deemed to chirp loudly) and size limitations on water tanks allowed at the apartment. Again, let your complex representative or landlord know what types of animals you have in order to avoid any complications after you’ve moved in.

Your Lease and Additional Fees

One of the most important ways you can protect your interests as a pet owner is to make sure there is a section or addendum on your lease stating you are allowed to keep your pet in your place as well as a list of the acceptable breeds and maximum number. Check to make sure the following is clearly listed on your lease:

  • Any security deposits and/or additional one-time or monthly fees for keeping a pet
  • What types of apartment wear-and-tear or damage fall outside the range of what is considered standard for keeping a pet in the apartment
  • If possible, how much in additional fees you would be responsible for should your pet be determined to cause damage that falls outside the range of what the landlord determines is normal

You can always ask the company if they are willing to work with you on discussing and detailing on the lease the last two items listed above.

Other Practical and Service Considerations for Your Pet

Especially if you have a dog, there are other things you want to take into account when you are moving with your pet into an apartment. After all, they will need to be comfortable in the space you choose too, right? Here’s a list of considerations for you to start with:

  • Is the apartment the right size for your companion?
  • Will the materials of the floors and walls damage or stain easily? Or will they attract scratching, chewing, or gnawing?
  • Is it convenient for you to take your dog in and out for walks and bathroom trips?
  • Where is the building located? Is it near a trail or park where you can take your dog on longer walks? Will your cat be allowed and able to poke around outside on a balcony from time to time?
  • Does your building provide refuse bag stations for when you take your dog outside?
  • Are there restrictions on the building’s or complex’s immediate grounds regarding where you can take your dog for a bathroom break?
  • Are there any off-leash areas for your dog to enjoy on the building’s or complex’s grounds?
  • Will you be the only pet owner in your building? Does the building encourage having a pet-oriented community, or do they simply tolerate having animals in the unit?

These helpful guidelines and tips will help pet-owning renters find the best pet-friendly places to live.