Finding pet friendly rentals is a must for animal lovers who rent. Since finding the right pet friendly condo or apartment that also meets your other needs can take a little extra effort, you want to be sure to follow the rules so you can stay there a long time. Most pet friendly apartments and condos share a few common terms.
Apartment Friendly Dogs
Many pet friendly rentals will impose a weight limit on the pets you are allowed to keep in the apartment or condo, which is typically around 20-50 pounds. This is to discourage you from keeping medium to large breeds of dogs who might be too cooped up in small quarters.
If you are determined to have a large dog, you may look for other pet friendly rentals, like a condo or a home. Apartment friendly dogs have low- to medium energy levels, but all apartment dogs should be walked regularly to help them work off pent-up energy. Allowed apartment friendly dogs include small to medium-sized breeds, the most popular of which include:
- Yorkshire Terriers
- Bichon Frises
- Miniature Snauzers
- Basset Hounds
Other Good Apartment Pets
Cats of all breeds make great pets for apartments, as long as they have friendly dispositions. Other small pets like rodents, fish and reptiles are perfect for confined living, but you will likely encounter a prohibition on dangerous animals, like poisonous snakes and tarantulas.
Number of Pets
All apartment friendly rentals will include a limitation on the number and kinds of pets you can keep in the apartment (there are laws to prevent hoarding even in homes). These are designed to insure the maximum comfort for the inhabitants of the apartment or condo, humans and animals alike. An average number of pets you may be allowed to own include 1 to 2 dogs, 2 to 3 cats and a little more for smaller pets.
If your pet frequently barks or meows to the point where your neighbors can hear the commotion, you should expect a series of warnings. If you cannot remedy the problem, you may be evicted. Bringing a pet into an apartment or condo, even pet friendly rentals, is a serious commitment that requires you to take the responsibility of training your pet.
Another reason why your pet must be trained is because you will be held responsible for any damage your pet causes. This may include the loss of your deposit and/or additional payment on your part. If you have a well-trained pet and you take care of your pet properly, you will decrease the chance of your pet causing damage. Trim nails regularly!
Vaccinations, Health and Licenses
Your landlord may require you to present certifications of your pet’s health and vaccinations before you move in. Your rental agreement may require that you continue to present updated certifications annually. You will likely also have to prove that you have licensed your dog or cat with the local government.
Pet friendly rentals make living in an apartment or condo a lot more fun, but you shouldn’t forget your responsibilities as a pet owner. Train your pet and clean up after him or her and you and your landlord should get along just fine.