Non-Pet Owners Living in Pet Friendly Apartments

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If you’re moving or considering moving into pet friendly apartments and you don’t have a pet yourself, you may think whether or not your complex allows pets should make no difference to you. However, it’s important that you consider issues you may have to face as a non-pet owner in an apartment that allows pets.

Damage in the Apartment

While it’s the landlord’s duty to make sure your apartment is in as pristine condition as possible before you move in, this is not always a simple task in pet friendly apartments. Pets, particularly large dogs, can damage the apartment’s furnishings and woodwork, leaving long scratches on doors and cupboards. While the landlord ought to replace these, if they’re left in usable condition, the landlord may choose not to, so you’ll be stuck with unsightly sections of your apartment.

Lack of Cleanliness in the Apartment

There’s also the great chance that dogs, cats and other pets have had accidents inside the apartment, leaving feces, urine and vomit residue in carpets and on floors even long after the last tenant tried to clean them up. This is because bacteria and scents can be difficult to destroy without very thorough and in-depth cleaning, even if superficially, it looks as if the stain is gone. If the landlord didn’t know about the stain, he or she may fail to clean the apartment properly before you move in. You can use a blacklight lamp to see these hidden stains.

Even the best-behaved pets can leave dirt behind because of shedding. Pet hair and dander can be difficult to remove with a simple run of the vacuum, so even the most well-intention tenants can leave plenty of it behind. If the apartment hasn’t had a through cleaning, you may still find remnants of hair and dander. And even if you can’t see them, they may still be present, which can cause another problem.

Activating Allergies

Pet fur and dander are notorious causes of allergy attacks. Even if you don’t have a known allergy to dogs or cats—and if you do, you should not move into pet friendly apartments—even slight indoor allergies can be activated by fur and dander you can’t even see with the naked eye, particularly if the light or dark fur matches light or dark flooring. Fur and dander can remain in an apartment and cause allergic reactions for several years after an animal was last present in the apartment.

Neighbor Noises

If all of the above issues are all right with you, you still mustn’t forget one of the greatest annoyances of living in pet friendly apartments, which is the noises animals, particularly dogs, can cause. Your neighbors may have pets, so you may have to get used to hearing barking at all hours of the night. You can complain to your neighbor if it’s excessive, but there may be more than one dog in the complex and it’s unreasonable to think that they’ll never be noisy at some point.

Living in pet friendly apartments does indeed make a difference to non-pet owners, so you have to make sure you’re aware of potential issues you may face before you move in. If you’re okay with these potential problems or you hope to adopt a pet someday, go ahead and move in, just don’t forget to take these issues into consideration when making your decision.

4 Responses to “Non-Pet Owners Living in Pet Friendly Apartments”

  1. August 03, 2010 at 3:05 pm, Noadi said:

    Don’t forget there are some benefits to living in a pet friendly apartment building if you aren’t a pet owner but like animals. My other neighbors don’t have dogs (one does have cats) but all love animals and go out of their way to pet my dog and give her treats every time they see her. If you can’t have a pet due to your schedule or other reason but wish you could you have a chance to spend time with your neighbor’s pets.


  2. August 04, 2010 at 11:41 am, Sarah said:

    If you are someone who does not plan or not keen of having pets, I think you should not choose an apartment who allows pet.


  3. December 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm, Joan said:

    I live in a non pet area of a Mobile Home Park. We are having issues with owners wanting accommodations for pets. I think this is very wrong but the Disabilities Act limits how you can enforce a non pet park, apartment. I feel my rights are being ignored while the world is ruled by pets. Don’t get me wrong I don’t dislike dogs, but there is a place for them and not in a small park where you are too close together….and your agreed to abide by the non pet rule when you moved into the park


  4. December 09, 2012 at 9:19 pm, SCB said:

    Why do we discriminate against people who choose to have pets in the housing they can live in?

    We can not in this country discriminate based upon religion, sex, sexual preference, race and national origin. Two of those things are known to be choices, at least one of those things are controversially called a choice. The rest are things we can’t change.

    But we can not lump in the idea of having pets as being something we should not discriminate in with regard to housing?

    The pet friendly apartments themselves aren’t completely pet friendly either, especially in their choice of flooring (carpet in most of the apartment which is expensive to remove, rather then carpet tiles which is easier to remove and replace, or complete vinyl flooring letting the tenants themselves place area rugs on the ground).

    I think tenants have the right to petition for a change to rules too, especially tenants who rent land and own their homes, those in mobile home parks. It is their home. The land may not be, but they have a right to keep a pet in their own home. I think there should be a ban on banning pets from apartments, mobile home parks, home owners associations, and the like. People shouldn’t be forced to pay more because they have a pet, unless the pet has caused severe damage and it can be proven its the pet, and not children. (Children can cause more damage then pets in many instances). I actually think that Senior Citizen residential communities should be outlawed as well but that is another topic for another time (communities with Seniors that don’t require acute medical care or assistance with daily living).


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