Different Features of Pet Friendly Rentals

Share:

Different Features of Pet Friendly Rentals

Staff Writer · Sep 28, 2009

It’s important to find pet friendly rentals when you’re a pet owner. Trying to rent an apartment that does not include the following features can make life miserable for you and your pet. Here are a few features to look for:

A Safe Location

If you don’t live in a safe neighborhood, you’re not going to feel comfortable walking your pet. If you don’t walk your pet, you’re risking its health. You also risk losing your apartment due to pet urine, furniture damage and the other ways a pet will act out if not walked. Don’t discount this important feature in your search for apartments.

Pet Walking Services

If you’re just too busy to take your dog out for a walk, then you want to rent in an apartment community that offers pet walking services. Some pet friendly apartments really want to cater to pet owners and will make this service available to renters. There would be an extra charge, but it may be what you need to make sure that your pet stays healthy (or that your apartment doesn’t get wrecked because you didn’t walk it). Don’t rule out an apartment, though, if they don’t offer this feature. You might find a neighbor offering pet walking services, or your local newspaper or grocery store bulletin board might give you leads.

Litter Bags

One sure sign that a rental is pet friendly is the posting of litter bags. It indicates that the apartment owners want to encourage a nice community for you and your pet by making everyone be a responsible pet owner. One way to make life miserable for everyone is for a pet owner to leave their pet’s litter around for someone else to step in. This feature makes life more comfortable for everyone, and it promotes a community that is pet friendly.

Various Pets

If you notice that the apartment you’re considering will only take one type of animal, or only a few pet breeds, then it may not be a pet friendly rental. Your landlord may just tolerate pets, and in the near future, your pet could become a nuisance to them pretty quickly. For example, a landlord may be willing to rent to you initially because they want to get anyone in the apartment. However, you could soon find yourself in a landlord-tenant conflict that may not be resolvable. On the other hand, a landlord who welcomes many different pets shows that they are pet friendly and not just pet tolerant.

Beyond Your Apartment

Once you find a rental, you have the other problem of finding pet friendly rentals when you take vacations or travel. You want to make sure that you can find local hotels that are pet friendly. There are dog friendly hotels that have many of the features already described, such as litter bags, the availability of pet services, a safe location and accommodations for various breeds or kinds of pets. Call the hotels you’re considering and get information about which of these features are available.

It takes more diligence on your part than the average person looking to rent, to find an apartment that will be good for you and your pet. However, it’s worth waiting for the right opportunity to find a pet friendly rental.

You might also like:

On ApartmentRatings, real renters have the ability to rate and review their apartment communities based on their experience touring and or living in the communities. ApartmentRatings offers renters the ability to see what life is like at a community through a report card grade style format called epIQ. Every month we highlight apartment communities whose […]

Jessica Lee

 · Apr 3, 2024

Moving into a new apartment or rental property can be both exciting and stressful. From packing up your belongings to coordinating logistics, there’s a lot to manage. However, one aspect that is often overlooked is what to expect on move-in day regarding the condition of your new unit. Surprisingly, according to recent surveys, a significant […]

Jessica Lee

 · Mar 12, 2024

On ApartmentRatings, real renters have the ability to rate and review their apartment communities based on their experience touring and or living in the communities. ApartmentRatings offers renters the ability to see what life is like at a community through a report card grade style format called epIQ. Every month we highlight apartment communities whose […]

Jessica Lee

 · Feb 28, 2024