Finding Pet-Friendly Rentals and How to Maintain Them
Everyone who owns a pet knows that finding pet-friendly rentals can be next to impossible. It takes a lot of planning and can become very time consuming finding suitable and decent accommodations. Fear not, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you through the process!
Find a Pet-Friendly Community
Rentza.ca offers a pet-friendly filter you can use to show only listings for rent where pets are welcome. When you search for homes in a particular area, just click on the “Pet-friendly” drop down tab within the advanced search filters; making it easy to view properties that’ll accommodate your pet!
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Pet adoption can be tough when you’re renting. Some adoption centres require that you provide proof from your Rental Company or landlord that pets are welcome in your residence. If adoption is something you’ve been considering talk to your local adoption agencies about options for yourself.
Try looking into the possibility of having your newly adopted pet stay with a friend or family member until you can get your living arrangements sorted out. Maybe there is a decent Air BnB in your area that will work for a short term stay.
Lying Never did Anyone any Good
If you have decided to adopt or get a pet at your current residence where pets are not allowed or you’re unsure, discuss it with your landlord or rental office first. You don’t want to find yourself evicted and have nowhere for you and your new fur baby to live.
Pet Resumes (Yes They’re a Thing)
Put together a list of information about your pet; breed, size, mannerisms, age and whether it has been spayed or neutered. Add important documents from your vet regarding obedience classes, vaccinations or any other relevant information. This will help potential landlords to get a feel for your pet and help them to see that your fur baby won’t cause any problems. And of course, previous rental history!
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Proper Pet Care
Do what you can to take good care of your pet. If you have a busy schedule and aren’t home often enough make sure that you hire a dog walker or look into a doggy day care. Whatever you can do to keep your pet happy will prevent them from acting out and exhibiting undesirable behaviour. You can bet if your dog barks all day when you’re not home, someone is going to have a problem with it!
Pet-Proof the Apartment
In order to prevent damage to your rental, ensure that you are properly pet-proofing any rooms or areas you want to keep your pet out of. Pet gates are useful, as well as puppy pads if they haven’t been housebroken yet. Make sure they always have food and fresh water.
Do your part by keeping food and dirty dishes out of your pet’s reach. Don’t tempt your pet to misbehave simply because of your bad habits.
Be a Considerate Neighbour
Make sure you are picking up after your pet, and they are well behaved (no jumping up on people or excessive barking). Keep them on a leash when necessary and ensure that they aren’t left alone for extended periods of time.
You and your furry friend can coexist with your neighbours, as long as you can do your part too!