Finding a good apartment or house as a pet owner can be difficult since a landlord is likely to prefer a tenant without pets. Depending on the state, landlords also have a legal right to refuse to rent to people with pets, with a few exceptions that fall under the Fair Housing Act which prevents discrimination against tenants. In this particular case, the law allows people with disabilities to have an emotional support animal (ESA) or a service animal even if the landlord has a “no pets” policy.
Even though 72% of renters in the U.S. have pets and 45% of renters say that allowing pets is the most important feature they care for when they look for a place to rent or even buying a house, according to a survey by Rent.com, landlords are still hesitant to accept pets. Here are 8 tips to help you find a nice place to rent if you are a pet owner and wish to avoid trouble.
1. Look for Pet-Friendly Places First
The most obvious start in your home search is to first look for pet-friendly apartments or houses in the area. It is the best option that will allow you to move in with your pet without having to plead with the landlord. Not all websites allow for this feature, but some like Tripping.com do allow to search for pet-friendly-only rentals.
Alternatively, get in touch with local humane society or animal care and control agency. They can help you find apartment communities that allow pets or point in the right direction. Finally, whether renting or buying, it’s usually the easiest to hire a real estate agent to help you with your search. In some cities and states (Austin, for example), these locators will not charge you anything; their commission comes out of the landlord’s pocket.
2. Avoid Big Rental Communities
The more people in the area, the higher the chance dogs will not be accepted. Focus on individual home and condominium owners because it will be easier to persuade them than a large corporate community. There…