Unfortunately for many pet lovers, it’s legal in most states for landlords to refuse to rent to tenants who have pets – making the already competitive rental market even tougher.
If you’re up against a non-pet owner when it comes to securing a property – chances are, they will win.
Overcoming the landlord’s fears that the property will be destroyed if they rent to a pet-owning tenant can be difficult.
If you have a pet, here are some tips to help make securing a rental property that little bit easier.
Speak to the property manager at the real estate agency rather than the receptionist. Don’t waste your time at an inspection if pets are a definite no-no.
Make your first question: “Are pets allowed?”
Understand that the chances of finding a pet-friendly apartment are minimal, as many body corporates have a strict policy. The chances of finding a house which allows pets are stronger.
Even when you do find a pet-friendly rental, you will still need to convince the rental agent or landlord that pet is ok
Prepare a resume describing your pet. Outlining its habits and personality may be helpful. Cute photos also can’t hurt!
Vaccination and registration papers will be helpful
References from past landlords will go a long way
Check out Little Real Estate’s pet friendly rental properties.