Tips for Renters who Want a Pet
Updated: Jan 21
Are you renting your house or apartment but feel incomplete without a furry companion? Thankfully, there are many places that will allow you to have pets, even if you’re renting! Follow these tips if you are a renter hoping to have your own cat or dog.
Speak with the landlord about the pet policy where you live. Apartment buildings often have breed or weight restrictions on pets. Many places will have associated pet fees or deposits that need to be paid monthly or yearly. Adoption facilities will also most likely ask that you show proof of your rental agreement allowing for pets. Before you sign a rental agreement, be sure that it includes the language necessary for you to own a pet. Take time to be sure that you have all the information you need before you begin the process of adopting or purchasing your new friend.
Prevent Disruptive Behavior
Since the property does not belong to you, prepare for how you will take care of the place with your new pet. Purchase some cleaning supplies to clean up accidents, and a powerful vacuum to prevent buildup of fur from shedding. Pets can often have destructive behaviors. Dogs may chew and cats may scratch, which can damage furniture and other items in the household. Be prepared to train your animals, or to potentially replace any damaged items and not receive your security deposit back.
Trying to hide a pet is risky. Before you start the process of getting a pet, make sure your agreement is in writing to protect you and your pet. Be open and honest with your landlord. If you can’t have a pet in your current place and you need to move to a pet friendly location, many rental listing websites have an option to search for pet friendly units.
What tips do you have for renters with pets?