Renting with Fido is on the rise. A recent Apartment.com survey of renters found that 73 % of them owned pets, yet they still had difficulty finding apartments that allowed them. With the number of renters with pets on the rise, it's important to understand the pet policy and the differences between "pets allowed" and "pet friendly" when searching for an apartment.
Pets allowed commonly means that pets are allowed but there could be breed and weight restrictions, additional fees and the need for management approval. Pet friendly could be the same, with the addition of amenities such as designated off-leash running areas, dog waste stations, pet washing areas and scheduled activities. Ask the leasing agent to explain their rules, restrictions and any costs before signing a lease.
Also, carefully read the policy. For example, if there are no size restrictions but the policy states that all pets need to be carried through the lobby and commons areas of a building, then the apartment community may not be a good fit if Fido is too big to carry. In addition, ask what happens if a dog barks a lot and neighbors complain, or if owners don't pick up their pet's waste.
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