There is a difference between “Dog-Friendly” vs. “Dogs allowed” when renting an apartment or condo. Before you sign that lease make sure you understand the difference.
Generally speaking ‘Dog-friendly’ means that the landlord or rental community go above and beyond the doggy call of duty. Common features that are included in the dog-friendly term are: leash-free or designated play area or park for your pooch, pet washing facilities, doggy play groups or activities created with the dogs and dog owners in mind, pet pools, pet treats, on-site dog walking services and/or pet waste stations.
Dogs Allowed Renting:
If you read the words ‘Dogs allowed’ don’t think that all of your worries of finding a home for you and Fido are solved. Common requirements that come along with the ‘Dogs Allowed’ statement may include but are not limited to: a dog deposit or additional fees added to the regular renter’s deposit, weight limits on your dog, age limits (many don’t allow puppies), breed restrictions and/or your dog needs ‘management approval’. Whatever verbiage you come across on your apartment/condo hunt be sure to ask specifics about what types of pets and breeds are restricted/allowed with your lease. Many renters have found it easier to have their dog along with them when touring the new home; doing so allows a chance for your dog to become familiarized with the potential new home and for management to meet the dog. Another tip for renters is to provide proof of training certificates or a recommendation from your veterinarian. As with any renting situation make sure to ask lots of questions so you can choose a new home that is a perfect fit for you and your pup. Have some tips to add to that will help dog owner’s rental moving experience easier? Drop us a line in the comments and we will add them to our list.