Do Pets and Apartments Mix?
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If you own a large dog, apartment living is probably not for you. Not only will accepting landlords be hard to find, but your dog will not be happy in the confined space of an apartment. A large dog needs room to exercise and play, neither of which is usually available in an apartment setting.
If you plan to move to an apartment, make sure your dog is one that will adapt easily to this change in environment. Usually smaller, lap dogs are the best choice. However, even smaller dogs can cause problems.
If your dog barks or whines a lot you may well find yourself at odds with the landlord, as well as with other tenants. Many times your dog only causes a disturbance because its lonely or bored. If youre gone during the day, you can sometimes alleviate these problems by hiring a pet walker to come in and give your dog attention and exercise.
You must also keep in mind that most apartment complexes have leash laws so you will have to accompany your dog each time it goes outside. Since most complexes dont have areas where its safe for your dog to run free, this is as much a matter of your dogs safety as it the protection of other tenants.
Cats are the pets of choice for apartments. Most are not as socially oriented as dogs and are quite happy left on their own. As long as your cat has a nice spot to curl up and take a nap, space isnt an issue. More than likely your pet is a house cat so frequent trips outside arent required.
But you must realize that some landlords do not accept cats any more willingly than they do dogs. Some have a strict no pets rule. If thats the case, dont consider renting there. If your pet is discovered you may be evicted and/or fined.
Pocket pets such as fish, birds, and reptiles usually dont pose a problem when it comes to renting. However, you should still check with your prospective landlord to make sure.
Landlords who do accept pets often require a pet deposit. This is intended to cover any damage your dog or cat does to the premises, as well as additional cleaning that may be necessary when you leave the apartment.
If youre searching for apartments that accept pets, there are many places to go for help. Youll find lots of websites and message boards dedicated to this subject. You can also enlist the help of a local realtor or relocation specialist who usually have lists of pet-friendly apartments. Just make sure youre clear on the policy regarding pets before you sign any rental agreement.
If you take into account your pets needs, as well as those of your landlord, youll be much more likely to find an apartment that meets your needs.
Happy apartment hunting!