(Closed) Anybody else have a hard time trying to find a decent apt while owning a dog?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Yes, it is VERY hard finding a place to rent with pets! When my husband & I first started looking for a apartment/house to rent while we was still engaged they shot us down or was either to pricey OR like you said there was a fee for each pet. :/ It really sucks! But thankfully we found a place & you will too! Just keep looking. 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Earlybride: Yeah, around here it would be almost impossible to find a place that allows any size dog. It’s the barking, the mess outside, and the chance of mess inside that turns landlords off to dogs, not how loveable they are, unfortunately. I understand their point of view but.. it does suck. So I got cats instead, lol. More places are open to owning cats, but yes there’s always an extra fee, I just suck it up and pay. They’re worth it.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Earlybride: No problem. & You could do that I’m sure. 🙂 It never hurts to ask!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yup, it’s tough!  We bought (a condo), but it was tough to find.  It’s not the “nicest” neighborhood, which is kinda why I think they don’t care so much!  Would you guys be able to find a basement suite perhaps?  That way you only have the house owner to talk to, and they’re probably more understanding.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We live in a very dog friendly complex so we’re nto too worried for these next few monotsh if we do get a dog. There’s a great dane that lives a floor down. For some reason a lot of college students get a dog their sophomore year so our place tries to be agreeable.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t have a dog but I have three cats.  I currently live in a pet-friendly complex but when we move, it’s going to be near impossible to find an apartment that allows for all three kitties.  I’m so upset about this and dread the day I have to choose between them 🙁  I just hope I can find a suitable home for whichever I have to give away.  My heart hurts just thinking about it.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Around here, we could not find any places for rent that allowed dogs any bigger than 30 pounds.  I had a cat, which we had to pay an extra $15 a month for, and wanted to get a dog but we only found 2 apartment complexes that allowed dogs and at both places they had to be small dogs.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

In case any Bees in Cali or Las Vegas are looking for a pet friendly apartment (not sure where you’re located) our apartment complex allows dogs for a pet deposit and then $30 a month (with an additional $5/month per extra animal). I think large dogs are slightly more than that, but I love our apartment and the company who runs it has been great for us. They’re Lewis Apartments.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our complex doesn’t technically allow dogs over 50 lbs but our girl is 45 lbs and there are a ton of dogs in the complex that are significantly bigger than her (so they obviously don’t enforce their 50 lbs limit very well).

We had to pay two pet deposits – one non-refundable and one refundable when we move out (assuming the dog did no damage to the apartment).  Our girl decided it would be a great idea to eat the carpet when she was sick, so we won’t be getting that refundable deposit back.

These requirements seemed to be pretty standard for our area.  Some places also charged a “pet rent” of $15-$30 a month.  I doubt you’ll find anywhere that will let you have a dog without some kind of extra expense specifically for pet owners.

Post # 13
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Honey bee

In the Bay Area its not that hard. We didnt have a problem with a small dog and two cats. Its certainly more limited, but not impossible. Certain breeds of dogs, however, is near impossible.

No extra monthly costs for our pets. Just a normal deposit that we would have had to pay with or without the pets.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Speaking from a landloards perspective, most pet owners have no idea how much damage their pet does to a property because they live with them everyday and don’t notice the small things that add up to a large repair bill when they move out. I charge a $250 non-refundable pet deposit to my renters which covers the cost of carpet cleaning and air-duct vacuuming (a must if your next tenants are not pet owners). However, I’ve had to take extra out of security deposits to repair the craziest things; chewed blinds, scratches to the side door, holes in the backyard, damage to the hardwood floors, pet hair clogging drains…ect.

Another thing to consider as a landlord is that a lot of people will not rent a place if they know that a pet has lived there, either because of cleanliness, asthma or allergies. This limits the list of potential future tenants who will not even look at “pet friendly” apartments/houses.

I have started giving preferential treatment to non-pet owners when I receive multiple applications on one of my houses. It’s simply not with the headache of having to make repairs or turning off future tenants.

I think it’s a good warning to people who are considering getting a pet but do not own their own place. They will be a hinderance in finding the perfect place to live.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When we were looking at apartments one required 15 dollars a month for our cat, on top of the pet deposit- I know that isn’t a lot but still!  I told Clicker she needed to get a job.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@CanAmBride: I carpet clean myself, do people not do that?

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