Pet-Friendly Housing with Dawn Swann
If you are a pet owner, then you know the moving process can prove to be a little more difficult with pets in tow, especially when you are renting your home. At Properties at the Market Common, we value our pets and know you do too, so we’re here with Dawn Swann, our Director of Property Management to help and provide some tips on how to look for pet-friendly housing that best suits both your and your pet’s needs.
The first, and possibly most important, tip is to make sure you give yourself enough time to conduct your search. Many apartment complexes and independent rentals do not allow pets or have breed restrictions, so it’s important to give yourself enough time to sift through all of the rental options in the area in which you are searching. Rental turnover rates vary, so begin your search at least six weeks before you plan to move, in case there is a pet-friendly rental turnover that results in unit availability that you may have previously seen as occupied.
When you do find housing that allows pets, it’s always good practice to clarify which pets are allowed. Don’t assume that because they allow dogs that they also allow cats or caged animals. This may also be said for specific breeds; many places have restrictions against certain dog breeds for the assumed safety of other tenants. It’s important to be aware of what is expected of you as a tenant and pet owner and to abide by pet policies so that any heartache, including eviction and legal action, can be avoided.
Hand in hand with this, it’s a good idea to create a pet resume. Before applying for a rental, bring your animal to its veterinarian for an overall physical to make sure your pet is healthy; once the physical has been conducted, keep all forms and records from your vet in an organized place to provide for your rental application. This may also include any training classes or certificates your pet has completed, references from your vet, pet sitters, neighbors, and previous landlords. This could also include a small write up about you as a pet parent. The more information you have on you and your pet, the more peace of mind both you and your landlord will have about your animal in this new living arrangement.
Something important to keep in mind is that you should be willing to pay a little extra for your pet. It is common that extra pet deposits and monthly payments are in place to cover any possible damage to the property caused by pets, even if your pet is well trained. Before signing any documents, discuss any and all pet-related costs for your new living arrangements with the owner or property manager. Once you’ve received permission for your pet from a landlord or property management, be sure to get all permissions and agreements in writing to keep you and your pet safe.
Other ways to keep your pet safe is to assume responsibility for your pet’s behavior and health. Work with your veterinarian to get a health plan in place as far as flea control, updated shots, and behavioral discipline. If your pet requires daily walks, always pick up after him/her to keep other pets safe and the community clean. If your pet is well maintained through training and vet care, the chances of additional costs and management intervention are greatly reduced.
Lastly, be honest. No one wins when a tenant tries to sneak an animal into a rental without permission from landlords or managers. If an unauthorized animal is found in a property, owners could face possible eviction, or even legal action. Keeping your beloved pet safe is to follow all protocols and ensure that your pet is welcomed and authorized.
Our property management division is dedicated to matching tenants with rentals that best fit their family and lifestyles. Call us today at 843-232-0000 so we can help you find the perfect rental for you and your pet.