Your pet is an important part of your life. Whether you currently own a pet and are concerned about finding pet-friendly apartments for rent, or are considering getting a pet, you have options!

Pets Are Family, Too!

That’s right. You may not have children or other immediate family members involved in your move, but you have or want to add a pet of some sort to the mix. There’s great news here — moving into an apartment doesn’t have to mean living without a pet!

Rental communities want you to feel at home, and in many cases, this includes welcoming your pet. If you’re looking for cat- or dog-friendly apartments, you’re not alone. The majority of renters own pets —70%, according to a 2014 survey.

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How Do You Find Apartments That Allow Pets?

Just because most renters have a pet, doesn’t mean finding a pet-friendly apartment, especially apartments that allow large dogs or “bully” breeds, is easy. Up to 2/3 of renters report having trouble finding a rental that’s truly pet-friendly.

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To start your search, begin the same way you would when searching for any apartment: Talk to friends in the area. Additionally, local humane societies and websites might make your search a little easier.

Remember, certain pets — think exotic animals, reptiles, snakes — and some breeds, like pit bulls and other “bully breeds,” may be more difficult to find homes that will accommodate them as your pet.

Many apartments have specific dog breeds that they do not allow renters to keep on the premises. These rules are rooted in the notion that certain breeds have reputations for violence, even if those reputations may be unfounded and not the case for all breeds. If you are looking for apartments that allow pit bulls or other breeds that have a negative reputation, search out some tools from non-profits and organizations that work with these breeds explicitly — they can help you find communities that are breed-friendly.

Certain apartments may also have restrictions on the size of pets and the number of pets you can keep in your home during your lease. Remember, honesty is the best policy. Share true details about your pet’s size and behavior. Discuss your willingness to practice responsibility and to help them fit into the community. In some cases, accommodations may be possible.

Become familiar with your lease so that you can prepare for any extra fees that may be required if you keep a pet in your home.

Even if you don’t own a pet now, it’s important to think about your future. Remember to ask community managers specific questions during your search so this isn’t a surprise later if you decide to get a pet after moving in. You may change your mind once you’re on your own or as time passes. Look closely at the pet policy for your apartment. Are puppies allowed? Are certain breeds restricted? The more informed you are, the better.

Finding an apartment or rental that allows pets may add an extra challenge to your search, but it is doable to find a place that meets your needs.

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