Posted on September 14 2021
Useful Tips for Renting with Pets
Are you looking for the perfect rental to share with your pet? You're in luck! Renting with pets is becoming more and more popular, which means there are more options for you and your furry bestie.
However, there are things you should know before signing on the dotted line and loading up the truck along with your favorite four-legged friend.
In this article, we'll provide some tips that will help you rent with your pet from start to finish, from understanding the costs to communicating with a potential landlord. We'll also give you some pointers to make the moving process more manageable and navigate the variables when living with your pet in a rental.
Finding the Perfect Pet-Friendly Apartment
Before anything else, when you're browsing rentals, use secure and dedicated platforms to filter what you see so that only pet-friendly apartments show up. Beyond that, here are a few things to consider when shopping for apartments:
If you're looking to rent, determine your priorities and ask yourself: Where do I want to be? Is location important for work or public transit? Is it more practical for you and your pet to move further from the office if you're working remotely? Maybe having a pet park or trailing options nearby is more important now than being close to a workspace.
- How much space do you need?
It's important to consider that everyone has different needs when looking for a place! Whether you have a family, share with a roommate, or live on your own, think about how much space you'll need to accommodate everyone comfortably with your pet.
- Do they have pet-friendly amenities?
If you're apartment shopping online, filter your search to display the community amenities. This will help you find properties that are friendlier than others when it comes to pets. In particular, look for amenities like a dog park or a pet spa and grooming stations where your furry family members can enjoy themselves!
What You Should Consider Financially
There are plenty of costs associated with renting with pets above and beyond the typical. It's essential to know the differences between pet rent, pet deposit, and pet fees to avoid unpleasant surprises for your bank account.
Note: Under the Fair Housing Act, service animals are not considered pets, so your landlord isn't permitted to charge you for keeping one.
- Pet Rent
The pet rent is a fixed amount that you pay monthly to allow your pets in the rental.
- Pet Deposit
A pet deposit is usually due upon signing your lease should the landlord need to do any remodels/repairs to the apartment due to your pet. Pet deposits can be pricey, but they're refundable upon the termination of your lease. Be sure to read your contract closely and communicate with your landlord about your pet deposit refund conditions.
- Pet Fees
A pet fee is a one-time fee collected upfront when you sign the lease as well. It isn't usually as expensive as the deposit, but it isn't eligible for return.
- Renter's Insurance and Pet Insurance
If you're considering obtaining a renter's insurance policy, make sure it covers pets. Some companies offer umbrella policies that cover liability issues in addition to pet damage to the apartment. For example, suppose you're liable for a pet-related injury in your home or on its grounds. In that case, the insurance company will take care of any associated medical and/or legal fees.
In addition to renter's insurance, a pet insurance policy may save you a lot of money by covering things like wellness check-ups, vaccines, and unexpected vet costs. Just be sure to do your research and choose a policy tailored to your pet's needs and your pocketbook.
Discussing (and Negotiating) Your Landlord's Pet Policies
With the high demand for pet-friendly apartments, landlords might be nervous about any potential damages that may occur. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to tip the odds in your favor.
When communicating with the landlord about your four-legged roommate, answer any questions they may have to show you're a responsible pet owner. This will also make them more likely to consider references from past landlords or CV references and lean in your favor if they're still uncertain.
- After discussing the pet policies with your landlord, it's essential to get everything in writing. Make sure to check the rules for your pet in advance and ensure that everything is outlined clearly in your lease.
Good to know: Unfortunately, certain breeds aren't allowed in some rentals or even in some counties. If your doggie's breed isn't welcome, take heart. The terms around breed acceptance may be negotiable, so come armed with persuasive points and those glowing recommendations from your previous landlords.
Managing Moving Day
Between the confusion of packing up their old home and getting acclimated to their new one, moving can be a harrowing experience for our pets!
To alleviate some of their stress before you move, familiarize your pet with their mode of transport weeks in advance. Also, keep your regular routine of walks, mealtimes, and playtime to put them at ease during the transition.
Make sure you're organized on moving day. Keep things like food and water dishes, litter boxes, and medications easily accessible. Save a room for them to stay with familiar items to keep them safe and reassured during the moving process, then load up that one last.
- After you get there, give your fur baby lots of love and attention to help them assimilate. Be sure to adhere to your usual schedule of playtime, mealtime, and walks as best you can. You can even buy some special treats like dog or cat ice cream, or even special pet wines!
Pet-Proofing Your New Place
Taking their time to explore their new home can help put your curious pet at ease. Still, it's essential to make sure everything's safe and ready before they begin the adventure!
Much like toddlers, animals often tend to get into all kinds of things they shouldn't. Use child safety locks on kitchen and bathroom cupboards to keep them away from cleaners or other toxic items.
Many houseplants are toxic to animals, so be mindful of where you place them in the house. If you have a cat, keep in mind they have a whole new terrain to climb on and may be able to reach hanging plants or plants higher on shelves that they couldn't before.
Certain foods are highly toxic to pets, so put everything away and keep a lock on your garbage can. For that matter, keep any food in the house inaccessible to your pet until it's time to eat. Even if they get into something that isn't dangerous, eating people food can cause serious gastrointestinal distress. Not to mention a surprise mess for you to clean up when you get home.
The next step to pet-proofing is understanding the needs and behaviors of your pets.
For instance, if you're potty-training a puppy using training pads, keep them in a designated easy-to-clean, uncarpeted spot. The same applies to your kitty's litter box.
If your pets are anxious, particularly if you're away, provide plenty of toys (and scratching posts for the feline set). Hopefully, they'll deter them from using things like doorframes for chewing and clawing. If that doesn't work, use plastic guards (sold in most pet supply stores) or block off problem areas entirely.
For safety reasons, keep cords and plugs blocked and out of reach of your pet. Again, some animals chew on inappropriate things when they're anxious, and chewing on electrical components is definitely dangerous!
Some Final Words…
If you're reading this post, you're most likely a pet owner. And as a pet owner, you know the joy and love an animal can bring to your life. But with pet ownership comes great responsibility.
Pets need their human to provide healthy food, clean water, lots of love, and a safe and comfortable roof over their furry heads. If you're considering moving into a rental with your pet, we hope this post has given you some helpful information to do just that.
After all, they deserve the best.