Real Estate - A Guide to Pet Rentals

Tenants with dogs or cats often will not consider renting a home that does not allow for pets. Rentals that are pet-friendly will have a better chance of gaining a loyal tenant. Landlords can still protect their investment by requiring a pet deposit. However, the more open the landlord is to allowing the tenant to keep a pet on the premises without hassle, the longer the tenant is likely to stay and gladly pay rent.

Lease Agreement

Your lease agreement should contain a clause regarding pets. It should state all costs associated with having your pet on the premises, such as a pet deposit. It should also include what kinds of pets are allowed on the premises and whether you'll need to obtain written permission for any new pets. Also, if the landlord wants to charge a higher rent because of your pets, your lease agreement should state the additional rent and clarify what the regular rent will be if you no longer have the pet on the premises.

Training Your Pets

You have an obligation keep your pets from destroying the apartment or home you're renting. You can ensure this by properly training your pets. For example, some experts recommend using water and a spray bottle to discourage dogs from chewing furniture or urinating all over the place. Cats should also be trained to use their liter box. Pet urination can be hard to get out, and you'll most likely lose some or all of your security deposit if your landlord has to deal with it when you move out.


If you're having trouble finding a place to rent because of the kind of pet you have, consider getting pet references. A landlord may be more willing to accept your pet if you can prove an acceptable rental history. Ask previous landlords if you can provide their telephone numbers and other contact information to prospective landlords. You may need to provide that information any way as part of a background check. However, you should ask them ahead of time to provide a reference for your pets as well.


Conflicts between neighbors often arise because of noisy pets. It's important to keep this in mind when you're looking for rentals. Is your pet noisy? Then, you should take the necessary steps to train your pet to be less noisy. You don't want to become a nuisance to neighbors because of your pets. This will put you in a precarious position with other tenants and your landlord, which could result in an eviction. Landlords have an implicit responsibility to keep the peace in their rentals, and if that means getting rid of you and your pet, they'll do it.

There are friendly pet rentals out there, but some landlords will need to be convinced that it's okay to rent to you. If you follow the suggestions laid out above, you'll be in a better position to land a lease agreement.

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