Looking for a new apartment home to rent can be stressful enough when you consider your budget and locating a property within close distance to work. But when you have a pet you will be moving with, you need to consider their needs and find a pet-friendly apartment rental. Here are some recommendations to help you find a great rental apartment that is also pet friendly to accommodate you and any pet family members.
Prepare to Pay Pet Rent and Deposit
When you find a pet-friendly apartment or rental house, be ready to pay a bit more for your pet. Most rental apartments will charge you a pet deposit and often an additional pet fee that is non-refundable. A pet deposit will go toward any potential damages your pet causes in the apartment, which the apartment management will use to complete repairs when you move out.
You should also be prepared to pay for an additional pet rent for each pet you have with you in your rental. Pet rent might add on an additional $25 to $30 each month for each pet and will be included on top of the apartment's regular monthly rate.
Look For Pet Amenities
It is also a good idea to look for an apartment that allows pets and also has an outdoor space for them to play and run. For example, if the property provides you with an apartment unit with a patio or balcony, is your pet only allowed on the apartment's attached outdoor space, or can you take them into the property's common grassy area? A good pet-friendly rental property will have a dog walk area or a designated pet area for your pet to be outside when it is necessary.
Find Out What is Allowed
A great way to find a pet-friendly rental apartment is to ask your friends and acquaintances for some good rental apartment recommendations where pets are welcome. Most people know someone who has a cat or a dog and lives in an apartment, and this is a great opportunity to find out who already lives in a great pet-friendly property.
And once you find a pet-friendly rental, be sure your pet fits within their rules and regulations. For example, if you own a St. Bernard dog, find out if there is a weight limit on pets so you know your large or medium-sized breed is allowed on the property.
Also find out if there is a limit on the number of pets you have, such as two dogs or cats. Because if you have two cats and a dog, you want to make sure the property manager will allow you to bring all three pets with you.