Living in an apartment with a pet

There are a number of factors to consider when moving into an apartment with a pet. The main two restrictions you will see in apartment complexes are size and breed. Unfortunately, some breeds of dogs are actually banned from properties. Even though the apartment you are interested in is pet-friendly, there are still some important steps to take before submitting your application. In the end, it will be the property manager or the board of directors who will allow your pet to live in the apartment.

Here are some tips to help you and your best friend out.


Make a Great First Impression

First off, you will may be faced with a hesitant property manager or board of directors that will be unsure about whether to allow you to bring a pet on the residence. The first way to win this battle is to make a great first impression. One way to make a great impression with the property manager is to provide your pet’s resume. Pet resumes are the hype right now! It shows that your pet is well-behaved and will be able to fit into the new environment effortlessly. Pet resumes should include references from services such as their vet and groomer.  Also include the pets age, breed, level of activity and any training that the pet has received. It is as though you are trying to make the property manager see reasons why your pet will not be a disturbance to the apartment complex.

Do I Need to Provide any Paperwork?

The property manager may need to see your pet’s medical records. You may also be asked to provide proof of any pet medications, vaccinations, and flea/tick meds. You can get this information from your veterinarian. Let them know that you are going to update your pets ID tag with your new address. If your pet has a microchip let them know this information will also be updated. Make sure the pet is registered and you have all the documentation. If they request this information and it’s not available this will be a big red flag.

Organize a meet and greet

Last, but not least, request a meet and greet. If you know you have a great pet that is well behaved then you have nothing to worry about. This will not only allow everyone to meet the pet, they can also judge the friendliness and overall quality of you with your pet.

Are there Extra Fees for Pet-Friendly Apartments?

Be aware that a pet deposit and a pet fee are two very different things. A pet deposit will be part of your security deposit and may be returned at the end of your lease, depending on the state of your unit.  A pet fee is non-refundable. It may be paid up-front all at once or paid monthly as part of a higher rental rate. The property manager holds these extra fees in reserve to help defray the costs of any damages your pet may cause.

Likewise, these fees can be applied to any extra cleaning your apartment needs after you move out. The good news is pet deposits are typically refundable, so if your pet is a model tenant, you will get your money back after you move out, providing you didn’t destroy the place. If a landlord is on the fence about accepting you and your pet as a package deal, offering a pet deposit may tip negotiations in your favor.

Tips to getting back your pet deposit include; be a good pet owner!! Also, clean up after your pet, and make sure your pet is on their best behaviour. If your dog barks too loudly or your cat is fond of scratching, you could ask your vet for assistance and guidance. Keep up on your pet training to help them adapt to an apartment life.


You have been approved to have a pet!

That’s Fantastic! Now comes the most important aspect to having a pet in an apartment. You need to make sure your pet is happy and enjoying their life. Living in a confined space can be stressful for any type of pet and on top of them acting out, stress is very bad for their health. It is all on you to make sure they are living the best life they can live.

Now go be an awesome pet owner!