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Finding a rental with a pet presents its own set of specific logistical concerns. First of all, a pet owner has to locate a place that accepts pets to begin with. Some places are more pet friendly than others. There are certain places that sort of cater to pets; others that tolerate them; and still others who do not allow pets at all. Once you find a rental home where you can have your pet, you need to figure in any additional charges you may have to pay on your rental and your renters insurance. And another important consideration many of us pet owners do not think of ahead of time is actually having sufficient physical space to let our pets out to play and go to the bathroom. A fair amount of thinking ahead is needed for renters who are also pet owners. Taking the time to work through these additional pet related considerations can help you make a smooth transition into a new rental home, even with a pet.

Locating a Pet Friendly Rental

The first thing a pet owner looking for a rental has to accomplish is simply finding places that allow pets. If you have a specific geographical region in mind such as a specific town, your best bet is to start your search for a rental by coming up with a list of places that allow pets that also fall within your price range. Working from a somewhat condensed list right off the top will save you time as you go through the search. Most of the time, pet friendly locations will advertise themselves as such. However, there are always places that allow certain animals that do not market themselves this way. For example, some places allow cats, but not dogs. If you are very interested in a particular home, you can take a little extra time to find out the pet policy there. All it takes is a single phone call to either add a house or apartment to your list, or strike it off.

Putting together a list of pet friendly places will give you a quick and easy way to assess the field of prospects. When you have a concise listing right in front of you, it is easy to organize the next step in the process, which is getting into touch with them and finding out about their pricing, including the basic cost of rental and any additional pet expense or pet deposit you may have to pay.

Negotiating Extra Pet Related Expenses

In certain cases, the landlord of a condominium development or the owner of a house will just add a fixed amount to the monthly charges for rental for tenants who wish to move in with pets. But sometimes renters only have to add a pet deposit to their overall security deposit, paying the ordinary rent each month. This additional pet deposit is to pay for damages typically caused by dogs and cats like carpet stains and damages to doors and trim. If you have a well trained dog or cat who you know will not cause damage to your rented home, you might opt for a place where you can pay a refundable deposit rather than an additional non refundable fee added to your monthly rent.

In cases where you are seeking to rent a house or condo on some property, the owner often will not have a pet policy set in stone. Sometimes these sorts of things are worked out on an individual basis. If you have found the house you are looking for and every other aspect of the rental seems perfectly suited for you, negotiating extra pet added expenses may take on an added dimension of importance to you. You want to make sure you can get into the house you want, but at the same time you don't want to pay more than is necessary. Most of us do not have extra money lying around, so every dollar is important. If you have a pet you are confident in, maybe you could offer to pay for any damages they might cause to the rental. You could have this sort of provision written into the language of the lease agreement. But be careful of the specific terms.

Having a pet is a joy for animal lovers, but you have to be aware of the potential pitfalls that exist for you as a renter. Be sure you select a pet friendly environment to live in for you and your beloved animal. The place you choose will greatly influence the experience you have as a renter and a pet lover.

Homes Set Up for Pets

This experience includes the way your rental home is set up to accommodate pets. You may have entered into a lease agreement on pet friendly terms, but if there is no room for your dog to run, or nowhere to out your cat's litter box, these terms will do little to make your stay palatable to you or your pet. Thus, the last major consideration is a very important one to take into account. As a pet owner, you need to find a rental property where your pet can live comfortably. If you are an apartment dweller, you should look for somewhere with pet friendly courtyards where your dog can run around and get some exercise and fresh air. If you live in a house or condo, it would be great to find a home with a fenced back yard for the same reason.

Finding a home properly set up for pets can add a lot to your experience both as a renter and a pet owner. These days, building owners have to be more flexible to meet the needs of renters, because there is a greater need to keep properties occupied and income flowing in. As a renter, you can take advantage of this need by asking for more in your rental experience. If you have a pet, it is not too much to ask for a place where your pet can live comfortably and safely. If a certain rental home does not offer this kind of life for your pet, just look elsewhere. When you have pets this has to be an essential part of the equation. Selecting a home to live in must include a strong emphasis on the happiness of your pets. They are loving and fiercely loyal to you, and they deserve nothing less than the same back to them in return.

Finding a rental home when you have a pet or multiple pets can be somewhat of a challenge. It adds to the list of requirements you need to keep in your mind as a prospective renter. And it can also add to the monetary cost of the rental agreement you end up signing. Before you ever sign on the dotted line and enter into a contract with a landlord on a rented property, make sure to think clearly about the ramifications of your rental on your pet. Finding a rental with a pet can be a challenge, but it is not an impossible task, especially with the right focus.

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