Renting with pets is often a difficult task, if not impossible. Yet we know how good pets are for us. These 5 tips to convince your landlord to allow a pet are welcomed by Pet Problems Solved. Thanks, Justin at Apartment List…
Five Steps To Convince Your Landlord To Allow Your Pet
If you have experience renting an apartment with a pet, you know it’s not always smooth sailing. If you’re a proud new pet owner, you might not realize all of the troubles that could lie ahead if you plan to rent with your pets. The truth is, plenty of landlords see pets as a potential harm to their property. There are a few steps that you could take to convince your landlord that your pet is a safe bet and will be a perfectly adequate tenant.
Step 1. Prepare A Pet Resume
If you have never heard of a pet resume, this probably sounds silly, but they are popular and oftentimes necessary. A landlord wants to get to know your pet before allowing them on their property. Include a picture, and make sure to showcase all of your pets great qualities! Include a photo, description of your pet, health records and personal habits. For more information on preparing a pet resume, check out these tips.
Step 2. Get Your Pet Insured
When landlords are considering pets, one of their main concerns is liability, and it makes sense. If you want your landlord to feel comfortable with your pet, make sure to invest in pet insurance. Many renter’s insurance policies will include or have the option to include pet insurance, which will cover cases such as if your pet harms someone or causes property damages. Now, this may not cover all pet-related accidents, so make sure to read the terms thoroughly. Also, be sure to look into pet health insurance, which will provide additional coverage for accidents and illness that might affect your pet. For a low monthly cost, it’s worth the investment for peace of mind. Be sure to read the small print on your insurance terms and conditions.
Step 3. Have Your Pet Spayed/Neutered/Desexed
This probably goes without saying, but landlords who are already hesitant about allowing pets don’t want to deal with the chances of any additional offspring. Get your pet spayed or neutered, and make sure your landlord is aware of it! Bring a copy of the veterinarian records just to be safe.
Step 4. Promote Your Pet and Yourself
Introduce your landlord to your pet if you can. Let them know of all the great qualities your pet possesses. Are they potty-trained and vaccinated? Bring that up. Flea-controlled? Make them aware. If your landlord hears the word “pet” they might instantly think the worst, so do your part in showing off the qualities that will make your pet a welcome addition to the apartment complex.
Step 5. Be Ready To Pay
You should be aware of the number of additional costs that a landlord could charge. These are usually broken down into three categories.
- Pet Rent: This is an added monthly charge to your typical rent payment.
- Pet Deposit: This is a refundable deposit that a landlord will make you pay for having a pet. You should get this back unless your pet causes any damage to the apartment.
- Pet Fee: Unlike a deposit, you won’t get this back. This is a one-time fee that will cover the cost of admission for your pet.
It may not be easy, but with these five steps, you should be able to increase the chances of landing that dream apartment for you and your furry friend. If you are just starting your apartment search, be ready to invest some time to find the right fit.
About the author:
Justin is a marketing specialist and contributing author at Apartment List. Apartment List is a U.S. based online rental marketplace and a great starting point to find a pet-friendly home.
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