Pets are extensions of your family. You raise them from infancy until they are running, skipping, and jumping like the rest of us. You include them in everything you do and their safety and comfort becomes very important to you. One thing you must always remember is that everyone will not share your affinity for pets. Therefore, it is important to find housing that accommodates the needs of you and your pet. Our handy guide will teach you how to find pet-friendly housing.
Avoid Residences With a No Pet Policy
If you find an amazing space that has a “no pets allowed” rule, walk away. You may think that you can convince the landlord or leasing office that you are a responsible pet owner, but they probably won’t be very receptive to you. Commonly, places have a no-pets policy due to a plethora of concerns. Pets can be messy, noisy, or smelly if the owners don’t clean up and care for them properly.
You want a place where your pet is comfortable and those types of residences are not going to be very kind to you and your animal. It is also important to note that under no circumstances should you try to sneak your pet into the complex. If you get caught you can be fined or even worse, evicted. Your best bet is to search for a different space for you and your pet to reside. Simply move on to a space that you know can accommodate you.
Ask Other Pet Owners
If you frequent the dog park or the pet store, ask some of the patrons if they know of any good places for someone with pets to rent. You will be sure to find at least one person who can help by giving you the address of a residence or even connecting you directly with the leasing office. Many pet stores offer resources to pet owners and they should be able to give you some good ideas.
Another good place to ask for a referral is the local veterinarian’s office. Oftentimes, a vet can help you learn more about the local pet-friendly spaces in your area or refer you to someone that can help.
Get a Few References
References are important for lots of things, but they are also great for pet owners looking to rent a new place. Trusted references from previous landlords will show how responsible you are. Landlords like to see that pet-owners properly care for animals.
At the time of your appointment, bring the veterinarian records for your animal so the landlord sees that your pet has all of its shots. Veterinarian records show that your animal is cared for and is healthy. You can also ask your veterinarian to write you a reference to show your commitment to protecting your pet as well as the safety of others.
Get a Real Estate Agent
The best person to help you find a pet-friendly apartment is me! As a realtor, I am very active in the Port Coquitlam community and I understand the unique needs of a pet owner. I can help you locate residences here that are perfect for you and your pet to enjoy. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing comfort, style, or space. Contact me today!