Post # 1
My SO and I are hoping to get a puppy within the next few months at our rental property (a house with a yard). It has been 6 years since we had to get SO’s beloved dog put down, he is just starting to feel ready to get another dog. I have always wanted a dog, I loved SO’s as if he was my own!
We want to get the same breed of dog he’s had previously. This breed is notoriously hard to train – they are dominant characters and need to be trained to know that they don’t rule the roost. SO’s dog was so well trained that he wouldn’t bowl you over to eat the food you were dishing up. He’d sit and wait until you were finished and told him ‘eat’. He’d also pee on demand. SO had put a lot of time and effort into training him. The bonus with this breed are that they are loyal to everyone – they won’t listen to one and not the other. One thing I can’t stand with dogs is that they are left on their own to bark day and night because they’re lonely and bored, but this breed doesn’t typically bark. SO’s dog only barked once that he’d ever heard in 10 years – neighbour was on his own roof so it was out of the ordinary for the dog.
As far as our renting goes, we pay our rent early, are 3 weeks in advance, and are neat freaks. We would wait until after our 3 month inspection before submitting a request, so that our property manager can see that we take good care of the property.
I work weekdays, SO works weekends, which is ideal because one of us is always home when not at work. We never go on holidays or weekends away, so we wouldn’t be tying ourselves down or over committing when we stay at home anyway.
What do you think our chances are of getting approval? We were told that pets were negotiable when we first moved in, so after the inspection is done, I plan to write an email to our property manager – pretty much outlining the above – so she can ask the owner.
Post # 3
@Deejayelle: I think you’ll get approved!
Post # 4
I personally own a rental property and we do allow some pets. I would never allow a puppy. Your landlord may be different but even the most dedicated pet owners have issues with puppies. I know full grown dogs can cause problems too which is why I said we allow some pets. On our listing we note pets are negotiable and our current tenant has a little dog that is about 5 or 6 years old. Before we agreed we spoke to the previous landlord and asked about damage from the pet. If our tenant said he wanted a puppy I would say no, it wouldnt matter what the breed is. I just dont want to replace carpets, trim, or doors because the puppy is being trained.
Post # 5
It depends what breed of dog you want!
Your description made me think of a Great Dane, and as a former landlord, no way in HELL would I let you have a dog that big! But if you wanted, say, a Boston Terrier, I’d green-light that!
Post # 6
I also wonder if you could offer to pay some sort of deposit, or add something to your lease about paying for damages beyond routine wear and tear. If as PP have said that most landlords wouldn’t want puppies or big breeds, you might be able to sway them by protecting them from paying for damages.
Post # 7
FI and I managed to convince our landlord to allow pets for the first time ever! It definitely helps that our dog doesn’t shed and is an extremely friendly breed. I know in our city there are breed restrictions on a ton of apartments – no pit bulls, great danes, rotweillers, etc. Our also wasn’t a puppy anymore when we moved in, and we had a great reference from our previous landlord.
I’d say it’s just up to the landlord – he knows you guys and he knows you take care of the property well, so I’d say that improves your chances. A puppy, though, is probably a negative. Puppies can do a lot of damage, as they just don’t know any better. I’d say you should offer a deposit or something just to make your landlord feel secure about everything. Good luck!
Post # 8
I have no idea what your chances of getting approval for your rental property are (when we rent out our home, I will not be allowing dogs, especially puppies that are from a breed which is ‘notoriously hard to train‘ and are ‘dominant characters‘), however, personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to get a puppy when you are renting. I’d almost say it’s irresponsible.
Post # 9
I agree – most landlords will allow dogs but not puppies. My sister was permitted a dog that was 2 years or older, and under a certain poundage. My one apartment that would allow a pet (Boston is notoriously pet unfriendly) required it under a certain poundage that was quite generous (60lbs) or two cats each under 30 lbs, but again no puppies.
Your description, if I were a landlord, wouldn’t make me jump for joy either. Is there some reason you don’t want to say the breed? A landlord would most definitely ask and make a judgment based the breed as a whole – not what you claim you trained your prior dog to do.
Really all you can do is ask them not us.