The details in moving are endless and finding a home you like and can afford when you have a pet can also be an additional hassle. To help in the process, you can prepare ahead of time – here are some helpful tips:
The more documentation you can provide attesting to your conscientiousness as a pet owner, the more convincing your appeal will be to your future landlord. Compile the following documents:
Responsible pet owners make excellent residents. Because they must search harder for a place to live, pet caregivers are more likely to stay put. Lower vacancy rates mean lower costs and fewer headaches for landlords and real estate agents. Let prospective landlords and managers know that you understand that living with a companion animal is a privilege, not a right.
- A pet “resume” and/or letter of reference from your current landlord or condominium association verifying that you are a responsible pet owner. Owners like to know details about your pets regarding, weight, breed, age and that your animal is spayed or neutered.
- Written proof that your adult dog has completed a training class, or that your puppy is enrolled in one.
- A letter from your veterinarian stating that you have been diligent in your pet’s medical care. Supply documentation that your pet has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies. (Sterilized pets are healthier, calmer, and far less likely to be a nuisance to neighbors.) Most veterinarians routinely fulfill such requests for their clients.
- Realize that a higher than normal security deposit will be requested.
On an added note – Be honest.
Don’t try to sneak your pet in. Keeping an animal in violation of a no-pets rule contributes to the general inclination of landlords not to allow pets. You also may be subject to possible eviction or other legal action.