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How to Rent With Pets

Pet Questions!

Maybe you have a pet now, or want one in the future. Does the apartment community or the property owner for the home you are moving into allow pets?  If so, are there breed or size restrictions? Pet policies can be the deciding factor on which property you choose, so it’s important to understand them prior to signing a rental agreement.

Restrictions aside, many properties also require pet-related expenses such as a monthly pet fee, a pet deposit, or often both. Some property owners may not automatically add your pet-related payments into rental costs, so be sure to stay on top of the payments to avoid penalty fees.

In addition to the potential restrictions set by the property owner or manager, be understanding of neighborhood considerations. Check whether there are dog parks, walking paths or other amenities, or if there are local ordinances limiting animals in homes or public spaces. Follow all homeowner or property regulations, such as animal noise after certain times, picking up after your pet, or use of common areas on the property.


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