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Pet-Friendly Apartments: Tips and Guidelines for What to Expect in Colorado Springs

Finding a pet-friendly apartment that’s right for you takes some planning ahead. It is easy enough to do an Internet search and find apartment buildings or complexes that offer pet-friendly units, however, you want to make sure that the space is right for you and your companion. You will also need to learn the rules and guidelines for having a pet in your new place and see if they are ones that you can comfortably negotiate. Colorado Springs has many apartment buildings and complexes that offer pet friendly units as an amenity and this article will help you find just the right one for your needs. But first, we will walk you through some of the basic things you need to know when searching for pet friendly units and buildings.

Tips and Guidelines: What to Know About Having Pets in Your New Apartment Home

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 need to comply with state laws when it comes to what kinds of pets residents may keep in their unit and as far as state law is concerned, you may only encounter difficulties if you own an exotic or wild animal. It is most common for people who are not cat or dog owners to have fish, reptiles, or amphibians. The State of Colorado has a restriction on the types/species of reptiles and amphibians owners may keep for personal use as well as on the number and you can look at Colorado’s state laws regarding the personal ownership and use of animals for details. When it doubt, it is always a good idea to do more research by contacting the appropriate department or representative directly.

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 tend to assume that most people own a cat or dog and tailor their ownership requirements accordingly. For both types of pets, you will typically need to submit documented proof that the pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations before you move in. Many rental companies also have additional restrictions on dog breeds and size, so it is a good idea to mention to any rental company the kind of dog you have or plan to buy if you have not yet purchased one to see whether they allow that particular breed.

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 what size water tank you can have in the apartment. Again, let your complex representative or landlord know what types of animals you have to try and 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 that there is a section or addendum on your lease stating that 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 that 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 for 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?

    Hopefully, all of this information provides you with some helpful guidelines and tips for considering what kind of pet-friendly apartment you will want to seek as you choose your new place. Below, we provide you with a guide to the pet-friendly apartment buildings and complexes you will be able to find in and around Colorado Springs, CO.

    Pet Friendly Apartments in Colorado Springs, CO

    Many of the apartment buildings and complexes that list “pet friendly” as an amenity welcome two pets per unit, charge a deposit for the first pet, and an additional, reduced fee for the second. They will also typically charge additional monthly fees to your rent. This is pretty standard in terms of what you will find in most cities, and perhaps a little bit more flexible in terms of how many pets are allowed in the unit with you.

    As far as dogs are concerned, you will find that many companies have restrictions on size and breed--for example, Creekside at Palmer Park only allows for dogs under 55 pounds and of a non-aggressive breed. In general, rental companies will list the basics and ask you to call for more details.

    Broadmoor

    If you are looking for upscale, luxury living in Colorado Springs, Broadmoor, located in the southwest part of the city, is perhaps the neighborhood you want to explore first. Advenir at Cheyenne Crossing offers both city and mountain views as well as several luxury amenities, including being pet friendly. The complex welcomes two pets per unit, but they require both refundable and non-refundable deposit fees for each animal, add additional monthly fees to the rent, and have standard restrictions on age, size, and breed of dog allowed. The complex is centrally located near the shopping and retail of downtown Colorado Springs, but it is also close to Bear Creek Park. This makes it convenient for you to take your dog on long walks or jogs with you.

    The Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs is another luxury apartment rental company in this neighborhood with similar fees and restrictions. Their website states that they welcome cats and dogs and list their own private restrictions on what kind of exotic animals they allow. Additionally, they list helpful hints for managing pet odors and stains as well as types of pet behavior that might be stressful for you and disruptive for your neighbors, such as barking.

    Sienna Place is a more modest apartment building option in the same neighborhood. Though it is not a luxury establishment, they offer many of the same basic amenities and list themselves as pet friendly. The website states that they welcome cats and dogs and it might be worth your time to call and see if they do allow for other kinds of pets.

    Palmer Park

    Like Broadmoor, Palmer Park is centrally located in terms of being close to Colorado Springs’ downtown commercial and retail area. But unlike Broadmoor’s more urban feel, Palmer Park gives you more of a sense of the outdoors, as it is close to the park of the same name. The park itself features many mountain biking trails and you can also hike and rock scramble. This would be a good neighborhood in which to live with man’s best friend, as you can access areas perfect for long walks with your loyal companion.

    As far as apartment living is concerned in Palmer Park, you don’t necessarily have to “rough it” in terms of sacrificing luxury options and features in terms of pet friendliness as well as in general. Creekside at Palmer Park is one option; it is less than a 10 minute drive to Palmer Park proper. Per the standard offering in Colorado Springs, you may have up to two pets per apartment and they list “cats” and “pets” as welcome in the complex. An additional benefit of being pet friendly that Creekside lists is having PetCare available for your animal companions for a $25 fee; you can call the rental company for more details as to the service.

    The Willows at Printers Park is a comfortable and spacious apartment complex managed by the same company as The Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs and their pet policy is nearly identical: two pets per apartment, with restrictions on total size of the two pets, and the same deposit fees and per-month rental rates. The Willows calls itself a “garden apartment community”: the building grounds are beautifully manicured and colorful, and there are also other outdoor amenities such as a pool and a play structure for children. With their location and lifestyle, The Willows seeks to help insulate residents from the hustle-and-bustle of the urban downtown area while still being geographically close.

    Bonterra Apartments is a pet friendly complex in nearby Quail Lake, which lies on the outer edge of the Palmer Park. Bonterra provides a sense of upscale living in the apartment proper, with new finishings and appliances as well as an abundance of outdoor space. The complex itself is dressed down to appear more modest and both cats and dogs are accepted for a $25 extra per month fee. They do not list additional deposits but it is always advisable to call ahead and ask!

    The Right Pet Friendly Apartment for You

    Regardless of where you choose to live in Colorado Springs, the city has many options for you and your favorite furry (or scaly) companions. Pet restrictions in Colorado Springs are not terribly strict, generally speaking. Most places allow for up to two cats and dogs (or one cat and one dog) per apartment unit and the fees are both comparable and standard city-wide. It is not a stretch to call Colorado Springs a pet friendly city for apartment renters.

    Another benefit of Colorado Springs being a pet friendly city is that you do not necessarily have to sacrifice upscale or luxury living in order to live with your cat or dog. In fact, luxury buildings and complexes are just the ones that tend to offer pet friendly (as opposed to, say, “pet tolerant”) as an amenity for its current and future residents. We are confident that as you search for the right place for you and your animal friends, you will find no lack of pet friendly places to call home.