As you know, I’ve been speaking at many pet expos this past year and talking about ways to save money on your pet care. I’m always introduced by Harrison Forbes, a celebrity dog trainer, author, radio show host, and–I just learned–a licensed real estate agent. Harrison’s own speaking sessions are always packed with pet lovers seeking advice from this well-known expert. A Rent.com contributor, Harrison recently gave us some expert advice on an important topic that we know is of interest to DogTipper readers: finding a pet-friendly rental:
When a pet lover learns that his or her living situation might be changing, when is the right time to start looking for a new rent home or apartment that will welcome the two- and four-legged family members?
The right time to start searching is…immediately!
What steps can renters take to show potential landlords that their pets won’t present a problem?
A letter from a previous landlord, trainer or pet sitter can help corroborate your testimony that your pet is well behaved. You can also acquire proof of canine good citizen test completion. If you want to go above and beyond, you could even show them a “day in the life of Fido” home video to demonstrate how well-mannered they are!
What resources can renters use to find pet-friendly housing?
Rent.com, a leading rental listing site, has tons of pet-friendly apartments available. When doing a search, be sure to click on the advanced features drop down menu and select your pet preference. You can look for dog or cat friendly apartments specifically, or just check “pet friendly” for apartments that welcome all pets. Make sure to double check if there are specific weight and/or breed restrictions as well when you contact a potential landlord. Once you sign a lease, Rent.com will give you a $100 gift card you can use from anything to apartment décor to some new toys and treats for your pet!
What other advice do you have for renters to help them find pet-friendly housing–or to hold onto the pet-friendly housing they have?
After doing a little digging online, I advise doing an onsite visit with your pet. This way you can ask questions and get a feel for how pet-friendly the new area is. Talk to other pet owners you see, check out nearby vets and groomers to gauge if the location is a good match for you. Don’t ignore your gut—nobody knows your pet better than you! You are his voice, so make a great choice!