Renting with Dogs  

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Renting with Dogs

You've taken the first step – you've decided to begin your journey for your next dream rental. As the famous saying goes, there's no place like home. And, like all responsible pet owners know, your dog's coming with you.

As a new tenant, there's no doubt you'll want to work hard and take the extra necessary measures to please your landlord, especially if he's cautious about having a pet in the mix. While every situation is different, it's best to err on the side of preparation and know what to expect from your landlord before the lease is signed and the deal is sealed.

Here are some questions your landlord may ask you regarding your dog:
  • How long have you had your dog?
  • Do you have written proof of vaccination/good health?
  • Were there any previous complaints about your dog at your previous rental?
  • May I contact your current/past landlords about your dog?
  • Who would look after your dog when you're away?
  • Has your dog been spayed or neutered, and is he/she housetrained?
  • Do you make a point of cleaning up after your dog?
  • How often is your dog alone at home?

Once the question process has been completed to both your satisfaction, your landlord may next develop a pet policy in the form of a written agreement between the two of you.

A basic pet policy may include the following:
  • Screening applications: A few simple questions will help sort out responsible pet owners and tenants.
  • A written agreement: This will ensure everyone has the same information regarding rules and regulations for pet owners.
  • Realistic limits: The pet policy should have clear guidelines on the type and number of pets allowed per dwelling.
  • Specific parameters: It is useful to set specific parameters concerning which common areas pets are and are not allowed to go, when dogs must wear leashes and whether any types of pets must be confined to tenants' apartments.
  • Assurance of cleanliness and healthy pets: Responsible pet owners will agree to immediately clean up after their pets and take all necessary sanitation precautions. They will also have a medical record of their pet to show all required vaccinations have been administered.
  • Written disciplinary procedures: Written procedures which are jointly agreed to and state clearly what actions will result in a warning or some sort of punitive action will reduce disputes and make for better relations between the property management and tenants.
  • Predetermined emergency arrangements: Property management may wish to have on hand details of local vets in case of emergency, especially in a situation where you are not immediately available.
  • Available services: An outline of the locations and availability of parks, pet washing services and other amenities in the local area may be included.
  • An agreement on cleanliness of premises: Tenants should readily agree to undertake to keep the property in excellent condition and free from animal odors and hairs.

Remember, it is more than possible to establish a friendly relationship with your landlord and co-exist in a way that's fair to everyone involved. If you're already a responsible dog owner, you're over the first hurdle!

Source: Pedigree: All Things Dog
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