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If you have a four-legged furry friend, it may be a bit difficult to locate an apartment that will accept both you and them. A lot of renters will often give their pet to a local shelter or to another individual just so that they can find a place to live. However, if you make sure to do plenty of research, you can find a place that will accept pets. Here are a few tips that will help in securing pet-friendly apartments for rent.
Begin Your Search Well in Advance
If your current lease is going to expire in a few months and you know that you want to move to a new place, then you should begin your house hunting journey well in advance. Ideally, you should allow yourself two to three months to locate a pet-friendly space. You could begin your search online, and then give potential landlords a call directly to gain more information regarding their pet policies.
Expect to Pay a Pet Deposit
When you are renting an apartment and have a pet, it is standard to pay a pet deposit. Managers or landlord will want that security deposit to handle any kind of damage that may occur as a result of animals, such as scratches on furniture or walls or urine stains on the carpet. This fee should definitely be included in your budget, so make sure that your overall search is adjusted accordingly.
Provide Positive References
If you are currently living or have previously lived in an apartment with pets and have solid references from your previous landlords, make sure that your rental application contains their contact information. If you need to, request their permission ahead of time to add their information onto the application. This will allow you to show your prospective landlord that you have solid history of taking care of apartments as a pet owner.
It is imperative that you are 100 percent honest with the landlord that you do indeed have a pet. A lot of people will try to conceal the fact that they have a pet and attempt to move into the apartment with the pet hoping that their pet will simply slip under the radar. However, pets can be loud at times, so there is a good chance that the landlord or maintenance person will discover that there is a pet in your apartment. This is likely grounds for your lease being terminated, leading to being evicted. It is better to be upfront and honest about your situation.
If you need help finding a pet-friendly apartment, consider speaking to a local realtor for assistance.