Renting When You Have Pets

If you have pets, then you want to find a rental that allows them. However, this isn't always as easy as it sounds. The good news is you may be able to persuade someone who usually denies pets to rent to you and your animals. The tips and advice in this article will help you to get into a place easier, even when you have pets.

Get written letters of recommendation from previous landlords

You should contact previous landlords going back as far as you can, but make sure your last couple of rentals are included for sure. Ask them to write you a helpful letter of recommendation, and if possible, ask them to include how your pets were of no harm to the property. Another important thing for them to note in the letters is that you received your security deposits back. This will let the prospective management company know that the pets did no damage to the place and that you made sure you left it clean and in good condition — otherwise, they would have kept that deposit.

Get character witnesses to write letters

You should also have a few people who know your pets write short letters explaining that your pets are well behaved. This is just a little bit of extra information that will show the prospective management that not only are your pets good, but also that you really want to rent their place and you are willing to go the extra mile to prove yourself.

Show certificates from training classes

If your pets have gone through any obedience training, then you will want to include a copy of their certificate which proves that they have gone through and completed the training, making the chances of them being ill-behaved less likely.

Offer your pets up for a pet interview

Let the prospective manager know that you would be perfectly comfortable with them meeting your pets in person. This way, they can see for themselves that your pets are well-behaved and not vicious.

Offer to pay a pet deposit

While the property manager would more than likely require a pet deposit on their own, you offering to pay one before they even ask for it will show them that you understand their reason for concern and you are so sure your pets won't damage their property that you will even offer up money to help them feel comfortable and financially protected.