If you’re thinking about moving, but you’ve got a furry friend to consider, you know that finding a pet-friendly apartment or rental can be very difficult. Many landlords either don’t like animals or they know that pets can do significant damage to a rental property if they are not properly controlled. It can be hard to find a place that allows pets, but they’re definitely out there.
Here are three things you can do to increase your chances of being approved to rent with a pup in tow:
1. Be Willing to Pay Extra
When renting with a dog, you might be asked to pay something called a pet deposit. This is to make sure the landlord will not have to pay out of pocket to replace anything your pet may damage. You may also be asked to pay “pet rent,” usually an additional sum added to your regular rent.
2. Get Renter’s Insurance
Even if you’ve given the landlord a pet deposit, you still need insurance. These policies can be written to cover pet-related damage as well as your personal belongings.
3. Provide the Landlord With References
If you can get a note from your current landlord vouching for your dog, that will go a long way toward getting you approved. If not, you can still provide references in the form of people who know your pet.
It might take a bit of extra time and money, but it will be worth it to be able to rent with your dog!