Looking for pet-friendly housing for you and your dog?
I’ve found some helpful resources for dog owners who are looking for an affordable house or apartment to rent.
Plus, some tips for persuading a landlord to accept your pet.
Before You Rent With A Pet
Here are 2 ways that you can put forth a bit of “extra effort” to ensure that a landlord will be more likely to allow your dog in their rental:
- Consider making a pet resume for your dog.
- Check out these tips for telling a landlord about your dog — including a pet contract.
How To Find Dog-Friendly Housing
Here’s a list from the Human Society of the United States of 10 things that you can do to increase your chances of finding housing that will accept both you and your pet:
1. Give yourself enough time.
2. Understand why many housing communities reject pets.
3. Make use of available resources.
4. Recognize that it may be futile to try to sell yourself and your pet to a large rental community with a no-pets policy.
5. Gather proof that you’re responsible.
6. Make your request to the individual or group with the ultimate authority to grant your request.
7. If you encounter a no-pets policy, ask if it is the result of a negative experience with a previous resident.
8. Let the landlord, manager, or condominium board know that you share any concerns about cleanliness.
9. Promote yourself.
10. Promote your pet.
BONUS! Three more tips for finding animal-friendly housing:
11. Be willing to pay a little extra.
12. Get it in writing.
13. Be honest.
Here’s a pet contract to give your landlord, plus some tips for understanding your landlord’s point of view.