- Give yourself a minimum of six weeks to find a suitable rental.
- Compile documents that prove you are a responsible pet owner. Include vaccination records, training certificates and letters of reference from your previous or current landlord and veterinarian. You can even make a resume for your pet!
- Be prepared to pay and even offer an extra security deposit.
- Promote your pet and yourself. Make arrangements for the landlord to meet your pet! Responsible pet owners make excellent renters.
- Protect your rights. Make sure “pets allowed” is part of your written lease agreement or in the association by-laws.
- Don’t try to conceal your pet. You may be subject to eviction or legal action.
- Respect the pet restrictions. Most properties will have policies in place such as: weight/size limitation, breed limitation, species limitation, and maximum number of pets allowed.
- Respect pet “house rules or by-laws”. All properties will have regulations in place for the benefit of the community at large. Let your landlord or property association know that you will comply.
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