Saturday, March 10, 2012

Renting with Pets: Tips on Getting Your Paw in the Door

Apartment Specialists CardRenting with pets can be difficult.  Often landlords have a "no pets" policy just because it's easier than having to establish pet-friendly policies.  But due to the economic downturn, many landlords are changing their tune.  Not only can landlords get more renters if they allow pets, they can even charge more in monthly rent as well as an additional security deposit for four-legged friends.  MSN.com shares tips to make sure you can make the move with Fido by your side.

It should be obvious, but make sure you are a good pet owner and can manage your pets' behavior.  If you've gotten off on the wrong foot, contact your local humane society for low-cost classes, or even look online or check out a book on dog training from your local library.  When you apply for an apartment, share with the landlord what you've done to make sure your pet is well-behaved and cared for.   If you encounter a property you really love that doesn't allow pets, arrange for the landlord to meet your well-groomed and trained animal.  Landlords have pets too, and may even see tenants who responsibly care for their pets as more likely to be responsible tenants.

Finally, when you move into your new home, make sure to be a model pet-owner and tenant.  That way you can pave the way for future pet owners and truly turn the tide to landlords accepting pets.  Many complexes already have dog parks and other amenities that will make you and your furry friend's life more comfortable and an Austin Apartment Locator can help you find them.