I feel that all rental homes should allow pets. Just think, there may be thousands of renters that want pets and can't have them. They could provide homes fr al of the unwated animals in shelters. It's just not fair. I know that a lot do. But, so many just don't. I mean, they would have fewer vacancies if they jsut allowed pets! If you rent and want a pet go to www.rentwithpets.org Also, alndords can use this site to look up pet policies and tips on identetying reasponsible pet owners. If you have pets and are looing to rent, I reccomend to make a resume, somplete with references from your former landlord and veterinarian.
Ha when my husband and I were looking for an apartment that allowed pets about 6 years ago in the Chicago area, we went and looked at this old townhouse. The owners were still there, and they had like 10 kids (no joke) all under the age of 12. The place was TOTALLY trashed, there were burnt iron imprints where some kid had gotten a hold of the iron and left big tracks in the living room, the doors looked like they were barely hanging on, just really run down. But it was big, and he promised that it'd all be cleaned up and out before we moved in, rent was reasonable. So I said to the landlord, "Well we have a dog, that's alright right?" And the man looked at me like i'd grown 4 heads right in front of him and said, no kidding. "No! A dog could tear the place up!"
i have to disagree with all places allowing pets. having been a landlord, a renter, an owner, and an owner of pets, it has to be up to the property owner to decide. i've been to places to check out to rent that had pets and smelled the odor of cat leavings that wouldn't come out (i couldn't live there), seen stains all over carpet, seen the damage dogs can do to floors and walls. i have pets and dearly love them, but i own my home and am responsible myself for the damage they may do. cleaning up after an irresponsible pet owner can cost a landlord a bundle. maybe have places with indestructable linoleum floors and the renters supply the rugs. charge a large pet deposit to help with the cleanup. that could work better.
I rent an apartment right now and we had to pay a pet deposit and extra each month to have our dog. I have noticed that at least in my area more and more apartments are allowing pets but they are requiring a deposit and more per month. You have to realize that there are many irresponsible pet owners that do rent apartments and let their pets ruin the places. These people give all pet owners a bad name and as many of you know bad news travels faster than good news. Just think about if you have bad service at a restaurant you are more likely to tell someone than if you had really good service. It is the same thing here....if they are a bad pet owner they will remember it longer than a good pet owner. I understand that they are just trying to protect their property but not all pet owners are irresponsible and will let their pet destroy the place.
A lot of rentals will not allow pets because of damage such as urine in the carpeting, chewing things in the house or apartment. It does cost a landlord money to replace things. If urine is in the carpet, a good cleaning might not get the smell out because the tenents might not have cleaned it up and it could go through carpeting, padding and into the floor. In order to get the smell out carpeting and paddng (if bad) it has to be tore up. If a pet has fleas and left untreated, its very hard to get rid of them once embedded in carpeting or furniture. Landlords also don't want to be held liable or responsible if someones dog causes injury to another person or animal especially if the tenents did not get rental property. I do know that some places will allow small pets requiring a large deposit or an extra fee tacked on to your monthly rental payment to cover damages if caused by the animal. But the same goes for the tenents too. Some people leave places dirty which do require replacing things such as carpeting, filling holes in the wall, painting, etc.
All rental homes should allow pets. There are so many children that have to grow up without a dog. At least extra small or small dogs should be allowed. I had a friend who wanted a dog so bad, but her landlord said no animals with fur. So, she had to get a turtle and a frog. I know lots of people like reptiles, and don't take me the wrong way, but, wouldn't you want a pet that you can interact with? I bet that if renters allowed dogs, there would be 10%-40% less animals in shelters! It's not fair. Some places allow dogs 10 pounds and under! You would have to get a ery small dog! Most places just don't.
I rented for many years before we bought our place, and I had pets (1dog&1cat). I only rented places that took pets, and it frustrated me to find a place I liked that didn't take pets, but I understood then as a renter and even more now that I rent a few lots and a duplex that it's the owners choice and should be. I have many issues with it myself. You must walk in their shoes to really appriciate that kind of decision, I alow pets on rare occasions, if the pet owner is willing to let me see the place that they are currently renting and meet the pet myself with my two kids. And they must sign forms making them reasponsible for any damages that the rental space may incur as well as agree to a larger security deposit. I also reserve the right to evict if a pet should harm or show aggresion toward anyone while on my property, and only except "low risk" breeds. If more pet owners (and people in general) would take pride& responability for the space they rent, this issue I think would go away. And in regards to the person who posted about the bad place with tons of destructive kids, the landlord was prob. realizing his mistake, as he could not possibly have screened them well before renting to them, and I personaly alow children, but have seen ad.'s for no kids-no pets housing.