Apartment hunting is never easy, but searching for an apartment as a dog owner can be quite difficult. Along with considering an apartment’s location, price, and design, you also must look for a building that is pet-friendly.
Not every apartment is friendly for every type of dog either. This causes many dog owners to wonder what sort of questions they should be asking during their apartment search.
Luckily, when searching for a place to rent there are a few things you should keep in mind no matter where you are looking. Here are five apartment hunting tips for dog lovers.
Find out an Apartment’s Dog Policy
One factor dog owners must always consider when apartment hunting is a building or landlord’s policy on pets. Many apartment buildings still do not allow pets, though this is starting to change since over 70 percent of renters are pet owners.
When searching for apartments online always make sure you filter the search for apartments that are dog-friendly. Also, always make sure to confirm with the landlord or apartment company that dogs are allowed since information on websites is not always up to date.
Ask about Pet Rent
In addition to apartment rent, many dog owners have to pay dog rent each month along with a deposit when they first move in. The pet deposit usually costs anywhere from $200 to $500 though in some areas it can be much higher. Some landlords will refund this fee after you move out if there is no damage to the apartment, but others will keep it.
Dog rent is a monthly recurring fee that most dog owners have to pay so their dog can live with them. Most dog rent ranges from $50 to $100 a month, but it can be cheaper or higher depending on the city or town. When looking for an apartment make sure you ask about whether they charge pet rent and budget for it during your search.
Inquire about Dog Weight and Pet Limits
Many apartments have limits on the number of pets that can be brought to an apartment. Many places also have a limit on the weight of the dogs allowed. While weight limits vary by the apartment complex and landlord, most apartments prefer small dogs to medium sized dogs.
This factor poses a challenge for dog owners with big dogs. When apartment searching, always look if an apartment building has a weight restriction on their website and ask when talking with the landlord.
Many apartments also have a limit on the number of pets that are allowed to live in an apartment. A lot of apartment complexes and landlords will enable dog owners up to two pets in their apartment with some occasionally allowing up to three.
There are some places; however, that will only allow one. If you own more than one dog make sure you ask the landlord how many dogs are allowed to live in the apartment.
Even if your landlord does not have a limit on the number of pets that can live in the apartment, check with your city and town to see if there is a limit. Also see if you need to acquire a dog license for your dog.
Ask about Breed Restrictions
When apartment hunting, dog owners also have to see if an apartment has breed restrictions on the type of dogs allowed to live on the property. Many apartment companies have a list of breeds that are banned from living in their buildings.
Common breeds included on these lists are Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds along with many other breeds.
Make sure to ask about any breed restrictions during your apartment search. While there may be some exceptions to these rules such as in the case of service-dogs, dog owners should always make sure the apartment they are choosing is friendly for their dog.
Also, be sure to see if the town or city you want to live in has any restrictions on breeds. Many cities and towns have certain restrictions on breeds such as requiring them to wear a muzzle in public places or even outright banning them.
Find out about Pet Amenities
One other important consideration for dog owners when apartment hunting is the amenities offered by the apartment and the area. Check out of if the apartment building has any dog walking areas on the property.
Also see if the apartment company has any partnerships with dog walkers, dog sitters, and groomers. Many times, you can get these services at a discounted rate through these partnerships.
Dog owners should also see what type of dog activities there are to do nearby. Look and see if there are dog parks, pet supply stores, and veterinarians near apartments you are considering.
Dog owners should also ask if an apartment is very dog-friendly and if a lot of residents have dogs, depending on the type of community you are looking for.
These five tips should help you find the perfect apartment and ensure your pup is comfortable in their new home. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions when apartment hunting and be sure the apartment you end up choosing is within your budget and the best fit for you and your pooch.
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