How to find pet friendly housing in Utah?
Finding an affordable and comfortable pet friendly housing can be an incredibly time-consuming process.
That’s what Nicole Myers, owner of a 90-pound Rottweiler mix, experienced during her recent Provo city rental search. She was planning to rent near BYU and began her search by looking at pet-friendly apartments.
“I couldn’t find a single place that would accept my dog. She’s perfectly well-behaved, but a lot of the places that bill themselves as pet-friendly have restrictions about types of dogs they will accept,” she said. “Eventually we concluded we weren’t going to be able to find a rental because of our dog. Now we’re looking at real estate to buy.”
It’s not uncommon for apartment communities — even those that are pet-friendly — to have many restrictions. So, what’s the owner of a pet to do?
Look into single-family rentals
Large apartment complexes are mostly likely to have size and breed restrictions in their pet policies. Landlords of individually-owned properties are more likely to be flexible and accept pets on a case-by-case basis. Use keywords like “pet friendly” or “dog friendly” in your search filter to narrow down rental listings.
Use advocacy groups as a resource
There are plenty of other dog owners who have been in your shoes. The Humane Society of the United States has a list of tips for finding rental housing with pets. Your local animal shelter, breed rescue or advocacy group likely has a list of apartment communities that will accept your specific pet. For example, the website My Pit Bull is Family has a list of pit bull-friendly rental housing providers in each state.
Have all your documents prepared
In addition to preparing documents like obedience training and vaccination records, ask your landlord or veterinarian to write a reference for your pet, vouching for your pets behavior.
“A reference from a previous landlord can be huge in changing the mind of the landlord,” said KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States. “One other thing I recommend, in addition to pet resumes and references is a pet interview. If your dog is a great dog, offer to bring them by the rental office for a meet and greet. It’s very hard for a landlord to look at a sweet, well-mannered dog in the eye and say no.”
Plan extra time for the search
Understand that finding a rental with a pet may not be easy. Allot additional time to find the right home for you and your animal. If you’d normally give yourself one month to find an apartment, double that to two since a good majority of rentals won’t be pet-friendly. If you really need extra time, consider getting a short-term rental and boarding your pet while you continue your search.
Finding pet friendly housing may require flexibility on your end. Understand that you may be required to pay an additional pet deposit, pay extra for insurance, or even rent on a month-to-month basis until your pooch earns the landlord’s approval. Follow the pet guidelines to show that you and your pet are model tenants and willing to work with the landlord.
As you look for a place to rent, above all, sell yourself as a responsible pet owner.
Do you have any tips for finding a rental with your pets? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
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