Renting with a pet

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Is it hard to rent with a pet?

It's true that there might be some obstacles when renting with a pet, but you can overcome these with some planning and foresight.

Despite renting with a pet becoming more common, there are times when a rental application might be rejected because the homeowner might be concerned about pets causing damage to the property. 

However, fear not!  The key is to be open and honest with your real estate agent and trust that the right home is just around the corner. Here are some tips to start the conversation: 

How to apply for a rental property with a pet

1) Put your pet on your application

It's a good idea to add a cover letter to your application whether or not you have a pet, but this can really help if you own a furry friend.

Think about what a real estate agent or landlord would want to know about your pet: such as species, breed, age, temperament, registration information and personality. You can even mention the ways in which you are a responsible pet owner, such as your regular walk or training routine, or any experience you may have from pet sitting.

2) Choose pet-friendly properties to apply for 

Although this can sound a little subjective, it can help to apply for properties that you perceive could match your pet's size and type. For example, you might find it a bit harder to get approved for a small apartment if you own a big energetic dog. Think about where your pet lived before and what suits their temperament and energy levels. Pet ownership can include a bit of compromising, so it's worth shopping around so you can find somewhere to suit everyone.

3) Respect the property

It's important to keep on top of cleaning up after your pet, no matter where you live. This can include keeping fluffy floors under control, cleaning up accidents and dealing with issues as they arise instead of trying to conceal any damage. Respecting the property will show the landlord that you are responsible and trustworthy, making it more likely for you to secure your next home when you move on. Plus, you will help to give a great impression to all future applicants who own pets.

4) Communicate and be honest

Being upfront and honest about owning a pet from the beginning will save you a lot of stress in the long run. Never try to conceal that you own a pet, as it's more than likely you will eventually get caught. Plus, the need to hide your pet from your landlord isn't fun at all! Be open and honest, and get all agreements in writing before moving in. 

5) Use a pet sitter when you move in or out

Moving can be hectic for humans but can be a really unpleasant and scary experience for pets. With so many jobs to do - packing, cleaning, paperwork etc - it's worth getting all the extra help you can. Why not hire a pet sitter to take care of your pet on moving day? This way they are saved from stress and you can focus on getting the job done.