Understanding Real Estate

Renting A Place With Your Dog

If you are going to be moving soon and you are planning on renting your next home with your dog, then you'll want to learn some important facts about renting with a dog. The information here will help you to gain more knowledge about finding a home for rent while you have a dog.

Make sure you let the manager know you have a dog

It's best to find a place that accepts dogs instead of trying to hide your dog. If you hide your dog and it's not permitted, then you will be violating the lease and you can be evicted. Telling the truth upfront will help you get into a place where it will be welcomed, so you won't have to worry about any issues arising when the manager learns of your dog.

Understand why some breeds may not be allowed

Some dog owners get upset when they find out their breed of dog isn't allowed to be in certain rentals. Understand, if a manager tells you certain breeds aren't allowed, it is only due to most insurance companies won't cover claims if certain breeds live in the home that are on the most-dangerous dog list; it is nothing personal.

Be prepared to pay a larger deposit

In some cases, there may be a larger deposit if you have a pet. This is referred to as the 'pet deposit'. The good news is, paying this deposit allows you to move in with your dog and you will get the deposit back when you move as long as the dog didn't do any damage to the home. In this way, you can think of the deposit being in a trust until you move again.

Make sure you protect the property

Once you get in a rental that takes dogs you want to make sure you take good care of the property and protect it from dog-related damage. Understand that dogs can become nervous after a recent move. Therefore, you may want to kennel your dog when you leave for a bit so they won't dig up the carpet or scratch the walls. Once your dog seems adjusted, try leaving them alone for very short periods of time and then check in on them to make sure they are doing well. If you have to leave your dog for long lengths at first, consider doggy daycare or taking them to a family member or friends until you return home.