Back in the day, when we were renters, the prospect of moving focused almost entirely upon our cats. The pool of pet friendly properties was small and our list of cat-friendly requirements was long. We found landlords who would allow pets but required prohibitively ginormous pet deposits. A lot of the pet-friendly properties were dumps. We began to wonder if we could get away with not mentioning the cats (never a good idea).
Fortunately, landlords are starting to recognize that an increasing number of potential tenants are pet owners and consequently, more buildings are becoming available to meet the demand.
In a recent survey commissioned by Apartments.com, nearly 70 percent of renters surveyed reported having no difficulties finding pet-friendly apartments. More than half of respondents reported having to pay a pet deposit at their current residence and 36% had to pony up more than $200 for additional pet deposits.
“Renters have made it clear that not accommodating a pet could be a deal breaker in their apartment search, and many apartment managers have taken this feedback into consideration and adjusted pet policies,” said Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager for Apartments.com. “There are plenty of pet-friendly options out there for renters who want to have a pet or even for those who just like the idea of being in a pet-friendly apartment community.”
More than 34 percent of respondents didn’t have pets, but enjoyed living in pet-friendly buildings. 20 percent of non-pet owning renters said they avoid buildings that allow pets.
I thought that cats would be the runaway pet choice among renters, so I was surprised to learn that they came in second to small dogs (24.2% vs. 35.5%).
For tips on pet-friendly renting, read Things You Need to Know About Living in an Apartment with a Pet located in the Apartment Living section on Apartments.com.