It is estimated that up to 72 percent of renters have pets. Unfortunately, many landlords are reluctant to allow dogs or cats, which can make it challenging to find the perfect rental that will welcome both you and your beloved furry companion. The following tips will get you started on the right path. Here are 5 tips for finding a pet-friendly apartment.
Do Your Research
It is important to allow plenty of time for your search. Online rental listings are a great place to start and will allow you to sort by pet-friendly options. Other resources include community apartment guidebooks and online classifieds. You should also utilize your social network connections to uncover potential rental opportunities.
Create a Pet Profile
Similar to what you do when applying for a job, create a resume that tells your potential landlord a little about your pet.
The resume should include:
- Photo of your pet
- Brief adoption history
- List of their favorite activities
- Letter of reference from a previous landlord
- Letter from your vet stating that your pet is healthy, spayed or neutered, and fully vaccinated
You can also arrange for your landlord to meet your pet ahead of time. Even landlords with a “no pets” policy may be persuaded to change their mind once they meet your pet. Of course, you will probably have to agree to a reasonable pet deposit or slightly higher rent.
Review Your Lease Carefully
Even if your landlord gives you the verbal approval for a pet, you should never sign the lease if it still contains the “no pets” language. If the approval is not in writing, you could be considered in breach of your lease regardless of what you were told verbally. You should also ensure that all pet fees and deposits are clearly outlined in the lease.
Be a Responsible Pet-Owning Renter
Once you are approved for a rental, it is up to you to ensure that you and your pet remain welcome at your new home.
- Keeping your pet properly supervised and leashed when outdoors
- Cleaning up after your pet
- Addressing problematic behaviors such as constant barking
Depending on your pet, you may need to invest in extra obedience training or even hire someone to walk and entertain your pet while you are at work.
Know Your Rights
If your pet is a certified assistance animal, you may be entitled to keep your pet regardless of the “no pet” policy. In most cases, your landlord also cannot force you and your pet out without giving proper legal notice.
Keyrenter Huntersville in Charlotte wants to help you find the perfect pet-friendly Charlotte apartment. Contact us today at (704) 461-3000.