Your furry, feathered and scaled friends might make life worth living, but they sure don’t make life easier — particularly if you do not own your own home. Rental companies, landlords and condominium associations are notoriously strict about pets, and you may struggle toward the right rental fit for you and Fido. Even if the property in question is a home with a yard large enough for your breed of animal, outright refusals, restrictions and fees await you. Get ready to get busy — and sometimes creative — with your search.
Why No Pets?
Many hard-line pet restrictions on rental properties are not necessarily unfair to pet owners, or are a mark against animals themselves. Individual landlords may even love pets, but previous experiences with irresponsible pet owners forced a tough decision. When you apply for a rental, you must also fight the memory of every previous pet owner.