apartment with a dog can require a little more work than if you don't have a dog, but it's still achievable. Sometimes landlords have had bad experiences in the past with their tenant's dog, but you have a chance to show them what a responsible pet owner you can be. About.com gives you the lowdown on renting with a dog.
you already own a dog and need to rent, be sure to mention your pet to
potential landlords right off the bat. There is no use wasting your
time with buildings that don't allow pets if you already have one. Once
you think you've found the perfect place for you AND your dog, go over
the pet policy portion of your lease with a fine toothed comb. Make
sure you know all about pet deposits, cleaning fees and any restrictions
that exist on the size of your pet.
If you are already renting
and decide you want to get a dog, check your lease to be sure pets are
permitted. Even if the lease doesn't allow pets, you might approach
your landlord and ask, you never know. If your landlord gives the go
ahead, make sure to get more details. What is the weight or size
limit? Are puppies allowed? How much is the deposit and any additional
monthly fees? What are the rules about where a dog can be walked on
the grounds of the apartments, leash-free areas, etc? If your landlord
says no, either don't get a dog or move to a rental that allows them.
Never try to hide your dog, both you and your dog are likely to wind up
Finally, if you do get a dog, make sure to be a
responsible pet owner. Don't leave your dog home alone for long periods
of time so they start barking and destroying your house. Clean up
after your dog when they go outside and only let them off-leash in
designated areas. If your dog does tend to ruin your furniture and home
when you leave them alone, crate training can save your belongings and
Looking for a place for you and Fido to live in peace? A+ Apartment Locators can help you find a place that loves your well-behaved pet as much as you do!