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Is It Really Possible to Find a Pet-Friendly Rental?
For pet owners that don’t own homes, rental units are the only way to go. With about half of all renters living with pets, there’s at least 30% of all renters that would adopt pets if they were allowed.
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult for pet owners to secure a pet-friendly rental, but with our tips you can score your next place without too much trouble.
While offering a pet-friendly rental to the public can seem like a dicey move to landlords, it can actually be a great investment. Generally speaking, responsible pet owners are among the most caring, considerate, and conscientious people out there. Plus, the vacancy rate dwindles when pet owners move in. Indeed, renters with pets have a lower move-out rate, do not break leases as often, and tend to keep communal areas in tip-top shape. Everybody wins!
Things to Be Aware Of
Prospective renters with pets will likely encounter resistance from a non pet friendly rental because of fears related to property damage, disruption, yard destruction, odor, and even aggression. It may seem impossible to change a landlord’s mind, but with the following ideas they may soften up a bit:
- Put together a pet resume that shows them at their cutest and most accomplished. List training they’ve received, references from previous landlords or roommates, and a brief medical history that shows full vaccinations and up to date parasite prevention.
- Be honest and upfront about your pet’s breed, age, weight, lifestyle, and personality. It’s best to be transparent so things don’t come back to haunt you (or your landlord) later, risking your ability to renew the lease.
- Ask to meet in person so they can see how great your pet is! Have your pet demonstrate any special commands or tricks, but generally allow them to just be their sweet, mellow, adorable selves.
- Offer to pay an upfront pet deposit (refundable if no damage is incurred to the property or surroundings) or ask if a pet rent can be paid every month. This is usually between $20-100 a month on top of current rent.
When on the hunt for a pet-friendly rental, be sure to check the box in your search parameters for animals. It’s best to try these units first before fixating on a new place that clearly advertises for no-pets allowed.
In your negotiations, take care to read all line items. For instance, many landlords and property managers use a general lease that may say no pets. Cross it out, initial it, and ask that the other party does, too.
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Awesome, caring, sympathetic and pets are Number One! — D.O
I LOVE Dr. Mossberg. He and the staff are Amazing and SOOO CARING! They are the BEST — M. Lerma
Dr. Mossburg is WONDERFUL! He is so patient! Answers all my questions. I don't feel rushed. He is just so awesome with our Sophie! — S. Cobarruvias
This is the only place I trust with my girl. They always take great care of my Yorkie. — A Byrd
We can't say enough about Schertz Animal Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez and the whole staff are wonderful and so caring. — P. Ring
This is a wonderful animal hospital. Will highly recommend them for anyone who loves and cares about their pets. — B. Lewis
Have taken our pets there for years. Dr. R. Is the best. We appreciate him and the rest of his hard working staff. — C. Yeary
These are our first pets and first ever Vet visit. We are very pleased with the attention, knowledge, and quality of care. Very pleased with our decision!. — J. Tibbetts
We love the care the staff provides, they are big enough to provide services without having to wait long for an appointment, but still make you feel like family. Love this place. — T. Ha
Took my cat in today on an emergency basis and they were so helpful and kind. They have done what they can for him. I have a dog too and this is the only place I will be taking her to. Best vet we have ever been too. — L. Hamilton
Exceptional customer service and great care of my Sammy! Dr. Rodriguez "Dr. R" is the BEST! — A. Garcia
We absolutely love Schertz Animal Hospital for our puppy! They are so caring and take good care of our Bella. — P. Willard
The entire staff is friendly to me and my Bradley. I feel that my Bradley is in good hands. — A. Cano
Love Schertz Animal Hospital. The staff are all friendly and helpful. Dr. Mossburg is thorough and caring. We have taken 3 of our rescues there. Most recently our 7 year old Rottweiler we rescued. They have always taken excellent care of them. — A. Peterson
Schertz Animal Hospital really cares about your pet. They know their stuff. They been in Schertz for many years. All the doctors really know how to relate to us as they are pet owners too. I highly recommend them for all your Veterinary needs. You won't be sorry. SAH thank you for taking such great care of my Service Dog. — K. Duchess
Schertz Animal Hospital is a group of some of the most selfless people. They have been so attentive and caring to my pups, literally dropping everything to care for their needs. I am blessed and ever so grateful to have this team a part of my little family's life. Alley and Noah looooove you all! Y'all are the bomb dot com! Keep on keepin' on ladies and gents! — A.H
Dr. Mossberg and his assistant, Terri, are outstanding! Rusty can be difficult and they are so patient and kind. My husband and I really appreciate that they go the extra mile! Thank you!!! — T. & M. Taylor
I am totally satisfied with the practices, procedures, and service currently in place and have no recommendation for improvement. — R. Schutte
The front staff are awesome and have great attitudes. Very friendly and approachable. — R. & D. Carter
This is the one place that I feel completely safe with taking my Jasmine too. All of you take good care of her. Thank you. — C. & J. Smith
I appreciate being able to walk in (I did call first) with no appt. The doctor was booked but he still took care of my pet. Kudos to Dr. Rodriguez!! — S. & C. Mag
You are doing everything super good!!! Keep it up!!!! — W. Williams
I have never had a vet office that treats its patients so well, and throughly explains all diagnosis and possible treatment. I have always bragged on this office and will continue to do so. — M. & N. Heller
Always professional, clean atmosphere. — J. Wilson
Love how Dr Rodriguez has a passion for what he does - it makes a huge difference! The staff is friendly and caring - thank you. — Anonymous
Very nice facility that is well kept up. Whenever one of my pets needs medical care,I know I can rely on Schertz Animal Hospital to provide excellent care. — D. & R. Lanier
Dr. Rodriguez and his staff are always pleasant, caring and I feel very confident in the care given to all of our pets! :) — M. & J. Hild