(Closed) Hoping to get approved to have a puppy at our rental property

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 4
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Fiance 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
2268 posts
Buzzing bee

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
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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.

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