FAQ 4: Hey Rich, I know the listing says no pets, but...

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 531132

Yes No MaybeRentals in Crofton, MD, and the surrounding area are robust, and very competitive. Owners of rental properties pretty much control the market, and if you want to rent here, you need to follow their rules.

One of the “rules” that owners employ is the pet policy when renting their unit. Here, we have three data entries in the MLS, no pets, pets, pets case by case.

Now, you would think that when a listing says
“no pets” that it really means “no pets.” You would be wrong though if you listened to about half the rental inquiries I get. “Rich, I know it says no pets, but my dog is only ten pounds. My cat has never peed on a rug. My ferret is very quiet and never goes out. Do you think the owner would let me have a dog, cat, ferret, etc.?” I’m sure your experience could be different, but mine is that when an owner says “no pets,” they really mean “no pets.” If they wanted to do otherwise, they could have chosen the pets on a case by case basis.

I’m not advocating getting rid of your pet so you can get into a nicer rental. Not at all, I have two dogs myself. Of course, my two dogs have never peed or pooped in the house '-)
Your search may be a little harder, it may take a little longer, and you may have to pay a little more, but there are units out there that do accept pets. The ones that say NO, usually mean it.

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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I think this has to be my first post in which I read the words "my cat has never peed on a rug".  LOL!

May 30, 2012 11:40 PM #1
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

SHARON: I'm sure they were saying it to me tongue in cheek. What do you think?

May 30, 2012 11:43 PM #2
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Richard - I don't get it when I get these calls..........what part of NO PETS is confusing?

Suggested for a feature!

May 31, 2012 12:32 AM #3
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great Point no pets on a rental means no pets.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 31, 2012 01:30 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Richard. You made me smile. I know you are an animal guy and so am I but no pets is pretty clear.

May 31, 2012 05:28 AM #5
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Up here, a Landlord cannot enforce a No Pets rule - it was deemed illegal in 2006.    A Condo Board can but a Landlord cannot not.  Interesting what we discover in different markets!

May 31, 2012 06:26 AM #6
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

But Richard, my pitbull and rottweiler are so gentle, you could carpet the floor with egg shells and they'd never brake a one. Whatev.

May 31, 2012 12:28 PM #7
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hey Rich - Great post about people who can't read. I get this a lot.

May 31, 2012 01:41 PM #8
Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I always wondered if tropical fish are considered pets. You don't pet them Ha Rich I am funning you . Good post

Jun 01, 2012 05:04 AM #9
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