Considering a New Pet? 5 Tips for Renters

Are you thinking of adding a pet to your life but aren’t sure how renting fits into the equation? You’re not alone – many people grapple with this question when considering bringing a furry friend into their home, and it’s not hard to see why. Many landlords are understandably nervous about renting to pet owners due to past experience, damage, and noise. 

The good news is that, even if you are a renter, it’s absolutely possible to have an amazing experience with an animal companion! After all, disruptive animal tenants are the exception, not the rule. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore all of the different considerations for renters who want a pet and provide some useful tips so that you can be confident in making the best decision for both yourself and your potential new pal.

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Gather References for Your Pet

Gathering references for your pet can be essential to showing landlords that you will be a responsible and trustworthy tenant. Taking the time to provide reliable contacts who can testify to your pet care record helps reassure landlords that you will take proper care of their property. 

Modern technology has made it easier than ever before to generate written statements from past landlords, veterinary staff, or employees at groomers about the way you have cared for your pet in past housing situations- just make sure you give a landlord enough time ahead of their rental decision to process them. 

In presenting your references, don’t forget how impressive honest recommendations are when it comes to making a good first impression with potential landlords so don’t hold back on lovingly describing those excellent traits that set your furry friend apart.

Get Appropriate Insurance

Are you considering getting renters insurance for your home but concerned about how much it will cost? While renters insurance can help protect you from liability due to accidental damage caused by your pet, additional coverage may be needed if the pet is of a certain breed or has attacked in the past. 

That said, even if you have a pet, getting renters insurance is still beneficial. Not only can it offer financial protection against theft and damage caused by other people, but also it may help cover some of the costs associated with unexpected vet bills. 

All in all, renters insurance is worth looking into so that as a pet owner, you’ll be covered no matter what happens.

Propose a Trial Period

Proposing a trial period for your pet is an excellent way to make sure that you and your landlord are both confident that your furry friend will be a good tenant. Not only does it provide peace of mind that the pet won’t cause property damage or disturb neighbors, but it also demonstrates to your landlord that you have taken the time to consider their concerns and address them proactively. 

This can help build trust and understanding between you both, making it more likely that they will approve the addition of your pet to the home. It can also indicate to your landlord that you’re a trustworthy and communicative tenant. 

Ask Before You Adopt

Adopting a pet is a wonderful decision that brings joy, love and companionship into one’s home. However, if you’re living in a rented space, it’s important to ask your landlord if having a pet is allowed before proceeding. According to the Humane Society, housing problems for pets are the biggest reason that pets are given up to animal shelters

Fortunately it’s an easy thing to do and could potentially save you hassle down the line – check out your lease agreement or get in touch with your landlord to find out more about their policy on pets. Doing this simple step now means that you can move forward with confidence and be one of many people providing good homes for beautiful animals.

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Above All Else, Be a Responsible Pet Owner

If you’re in the lucky position of having a pet and renting, there are lots of things to consider. It’s important to remember that it’s your responsibility to ensure your pet does not cause any damage or make too much noise for your neighbors. 

First, you need to make sure that your rental contract is okay with having an animal around. You should also discuss any rules for animals with your landlord or property manager, such as taking care of the lawn after walks and cleaning up any accidents indoors. 

Be respectful – loud barking can be a nuisance if not managed well – and aim to build a trusting relationship with your landlord by following the agreement you both signed on arrival. 

Finally, when it’s time to move out be sure you leave the place in even better condition than when you moved in. Taking these steps may mean that your next rental deals could become even easier when looking for somewhere animal friendly.