Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Practical tips for renting with pets

Having a pet in the home can be a great joy for many homeowners. However, renters may have a difficult time finding a property that not only suits their needs but can also accommodate their pets. Some landlords may allow pets but could impose strict pet rules. Here are a few practical tips for renting with a pet...

Don't try to hide the fact that you have a pet or lie about the number of pets you own as this may only cause problems when your landlord finds out.

Opt for smaller housing options

Large residential communities developed by top developers usually have strict rules on pets. A 'no pets allowed' rule for big corporate communities is usually followed to the letter. Renting directly from an owner of a small apartment building or single-detached house could give you more leeway in terms of negotiations. 

Discuss your pet with the landlord

Don’t try to hide the fact that you have a pet or lie about the number of pets you own as this may only cause problems when your landlord finds out. Prior to committing to the rental, it’s best to ask about pet policies and discuss this with the landlord. You may also try to introduce your well-behaved pet to your prospective landlord. 

Suggest a trial period

Try to understand your landlord’s concerns. Property damage and disturbances are some of the common issues that come with pet rentals. To get around the landlord's concerns why not suggest a trial period with a short-term rental so your landlord can see the dynamics of allowing a pet to live on the property. 

Put it in writing

Once you and your landlord have come to an agreement, it’s best to put it down in writing. Include these provisions in the rental agreement so as to avoid any disputes later. Be sure to read through the terms thoroughly before signing the documents.


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