Finding Pet friendly housing
Finding rental housing for you and your pets
Finding rental housing that welcomes all pets regardless of breed or size can be difficult. You can increase your chance of success with the following tips and ideas:
- Allow as much time as possible to search.
- Research animal-friendly listings and realtors using websites like Kijiji and Craigslist for pet friendly listings
- Reach out to friends and family, using networking sites and social media to uncover connections and opportunities.
- Look for a community apartment guidebook in supermarkets
Convincing a landlord to let you have a pet!
- Prove yourself first! Pay your rent and bills on time, keep your property clean, keep noise levels down. If you have a good history with the landlord, they will be more willing to have a conversation with you about possibly allowing pets.
- Provide references from a previous landlord who allowed pets, to show that you were a responsible pet owner.
- Provide a reference from a veterinarian proving your pet is up to date on vaccines, spayed/neutered etc.
- Show that your pet is licensed with the City
- Create a 'pet resume'! Include pictures of your pet(s), information about their breed/size, personality traits and list any obedience training you may have done
- Set up a meeting with your pet to allow your landlord to get acquainted with your pet.
- Be prepared to pay a pet fee. Many landlords will request a one time damage deposit for pets, or even a small additional monthly fee.
Not all landlords will budge, even if you do everything you can to show your pet will not be a problem. If that is the case, keep looking! Eventually, you will find a landlord who loves your family member as much as you do.
Information for Landlords
If you are a pet-friendly landlord, contact us and we will post your information here!
Did you know that 72% of renters have pets, yet problems finding and keeping rental housing is a leading reason dogs and cats wind up in shelters? It doesn’t have to be that way!
Rental housing that welcomes all cats and dogs, regardless of breed or size, will save hundreds of thousands of lives, and ensure that no family ever has to choose between their pet and their home. And welcoming all pets is good for landlords, too! When landlords accept all cats and dogs, their number of qualified rental applicants dramatically increases, giving them more options for finding great tenants. And those great tenants stay longer, keeping turnover costs low. That means fewer vacancies and lower administrative costs.
Visit this link to learn more about why you should consider Renting to Pet Owners.