Sadly enough, the number one reason people give for surrendering their dog to a shelter is moving to a location that doesn’t allow dogs. It doesn’t have to be this way! More and more landlords are stretching their policies a bit for renters so that dogs are allowed. Landlords are also starting to realize that allowing dogs can promote goodwill among their renters and bring in new business.
If you have your heart set on a particular apartment and want to win over your potential landlord, it’s important you show yourself to be a dependable and responsible dog owner. Here are some tips:
Bring References From Previous Landlords
If you’ve previously lived in an apartment with a dog, bring along references from your previous landlord attesting to your dog’s good behavior. Once your new landlord sees your dog has a favorable history, he may be more inclined to allow you to rent the apartment with your dog.
Bring Health Records from Your Vet
Show your prospective landlord proof that your dog is in good health and is free of disease. This will also show you’re a responsible pet owner.
Bring Records from Obedience Training
Proof that your dog completed an obedience training course can sometimes be the assurance a landlord needs to allow you to rent an apartment with your dog.
Offer to Pay an Additional Security Deposit
By giving your new landlord an additional , refundable security deposit, he’ll feel less apprehensive about potential damage to the apartment. Some landlords may charge an additional pet rental fee on a monthly basis.
Establish a List of Ground Rules
Reassure your prospective landlord that you’ll clean up after your dog and keep him on a leash when he’s outside.
What is despite your best efforts, you can’t convince your landlord to rent an apartment to you with your dog? You next option would be to find another prospective apartment with a more dog friendly landlord. Check with your local humane society and shelters in your area to see if they maintain a list of dog friendly landlords who will accept renters with dogs.Another good resource is a website called People with Pets at peoplewithpets.com. They allow you to search for apartments, pets, and hotels that allow dogs by city, state, or zip code.
Persistence will pay off! If you keep looking, chances are you’ll find dog friendly landlord who will be glad to allow you to rent with your canine companion.