10 tips How to Find a House to Rent That Allows Pets
Pets are part of your family, but not every landlord wants them around. Here’s how to find a place to rent where the whole family is welcome.
- Check the real estate listings for the area where you want to live. Check online, local newspapers, real estate publications, and anywhere else you can think of that might have rental listings. The more options you have, the better your chances of finding a pet-friendly rental.
- Pick out all of the listing that appeal to you based on your other criteria for a new home.
- Cross out any entries that specifically state “no pets”. Circle any that are pet friendly.
- Visit places that advertise as being pet-friendly first. If you find a home you like, it will save you the time and worry of having to negotiate over having a pet in your rental home.
- If you cannot find a pet friendly rental that you like, start looking at other places. If you like the place, talk with the landlord a bit to let him or her know that you are interested. Then bring up the pet.
- Answer any questions your potential landlord has honestly. Don’t say that your pet is good with kids, housebroken, or quiet if that isn’t the case.
- If the landlord immediately says no, you may want to ask why. The landlord could have unfounded concerns about certain pet issues, such as smell or noise, which may not be a problem with your pet. If they do have a good reason, or they continue to insist that they will not rent to someone with pets, don’t push it.
- If the landlord agrees to it, arrange to have him or her meet your pet. Do this in a setting where your pet is comfortable. This will allow you to show off how well behaved your pet is.
- Look online for a pet rider to add on to your rental agreement. Show it to your potential landlord and go over it together. Make any alterations either of you feel are needed. This will provide a legal framework for having your pet live in the rental property.
- If you find a place where you can rent with your pet, be responsible! Remember how hard it can be to find a pet friendly rental. Abide by the agreement you made with your landlord and take responsibility for your pet.