Your Pet, Your Home: Learn and Understand Pets' Policy Before You Rent or Buy an Apartment

Bassey BY

Ask questions and understand pets' regulations before you sign a lease or a contract for a new house or an apartment (townhouse, cooperative, or condominium)—tips for pet owners and property owners.
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Be honest and upfront about your pet with your realtor and the property owner. Ensure you provide the correct information about your pet—for example, a birth certificate, a vaccination card, pictures of your current home, and references.

Your pet is a member of your family and he or she lives in your home. Learn more about the pet's policy before leasing or buying an apartment or buying a home in a gated community.

How do you learn about the pet policy?

Be open-minded and learn more about your neighbors and neighborhood before you sign the lease or contract. You want to know the pets' rules of the property, village, or city. Why? Rules differ in each property, city, or community for pets and their owners. Speak directly with the property owner. And visit the city hall or website and check the rules from the source to avoid mistakes or misinformation.

Remember pet's rules and expectations differ from one community or property to another.
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Reread the pets' policy and ask questions:

Reread, ask questions, and understand pets' regulations before signing a lease or contract for your new house or an apartment (cooperative, townhouse, or condominium). Many cooperative apartments and most condominiums have a policy of welcoming a pet or pet not allowed.

Below are some of the rules and requirements:

  • No pet.
  • One pet per family
  • $500-$1000 deposit and a monthly fee.
  • Only pets under 20 pounds.
  • Fine up to $500 for not cleaning after your pet.
  • Certain dog breeds are not allowed.
  • Show insurance card.
  • Provide a vaccination card and birth certificate.

Some of the neighborhood rules and requirements:

  • Certain dog breeds are not allowed in a public park, library, or swimming pool.
  • No dog on the sidewalk.
  • A dog must be leashed in a public space.
  • Register your pet with the city or town hall.
  • Certain pets are not allowed, such as a lion or elephant.

Buying a single-family home is one of the options for pet owners. However, some neighborhoods or subdivisions also have regulations or fees for pet owners.
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Property owners:

Do you have a rental property? Do you struggle with the decision to rent to people with pets? Sure, you need to protect your property and your investment.

The truth is many people coming to rent your property own a pet--dog, cat, fish, bird, lion, and others. Learning and understanding people and their pets can help you decide to allow pets in your renting property.

Learn here why and how to make your rental property accessible to everyone, including pet owners.

Do you know anyone who owns a pet?

The Humane Society of the United States shares values of pet owners and property owners:

Welcome, pet-owning residents! The Humane Society of the United States knows how important your pet is to you—they’re family. We understand the challenges that can occur when renting with pets. Tragically, housing problems are some of the main reasons that pets are given up to animal shelters.
Many landlords are understandably nervous about renting to pet owners. After all, there are people who allow their pets to damage property, disturb neighbors and generally give pet-owning renters a bad name. But as it turns out, these tenants are the exception. It is vital for landlords to see that the overwhelming majority of pet owners are respectful of rental property and ensure their pets never become a nuisance—renters just like you!

Renting with your pet:

Don't give up hope when looking for a place to rent. Start early and find a realtor who understands you and your family members, including your pet. Be honest and upfront with what you want. First, have a conversation with the property owner and establish a working relationship. Many property owners are pet owners, or most of them know someone who owns a pet. They are human too.

You have a choice to buy a single-family home in a pet-friendly neighborhood. However, some neighborhoods or subdivisions are pet-friendly, but they have stiff regulations or fees for pet owners.


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