How to Convince My Landlord to Allow Pets
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How to Convince My Landlord to Allow Pets

Most landlords do not allow pets. Learn some tips to get your landlord to allow you to keep a pet. How can I convince my landlord to let me have a cat? How can I convince my landlord to let me have a dog? What kind of pets are landlords more likely to allow. Can landlords legally ask a tenant to pay a pet deposit?

One of the biggest struggles some pet owners have is finding a landlord that allows pets. Most have a simple “no pet”policy, while others are very specific about which pets they allow, and which they do not allow. If you are a pet owner and are having a hard time finding accommodation that allows you to have a pet, here are some tips.

First of all if you do not have a pet you should not rush out and get one and then try to talk the landlord into it. You will automatically put them on the defense. Instead you want to be honest with them that you would like to get a pet and would like to work out an agreeable arrangement with them so that you may have a pet.

Note that it is easier to get a landlord to agree to allowing pets if they are the landlord of house where you have a basement suite than if they are a landlord who owns a large apartment building. In the second situation if they change the rules for you – they have to change it for all, and not everyone may be so responsible.

If you have been a good tenant for the landlord they will be more likely to agree to allow a pet than if you have been a thorn in their side.

Approach the landlord in a rational way. Remind them how long you have been a tenant. Then mention that you would really like a pet. The type of pet you are considering is very important. If you tell them you are planning on getting a “Pit Bull” the stigma against this dogs will probably result in an immediate “NO”.

You would be wise to not suggest getting a kitten, puppy, or yappy dog breed, as well. If you say you have been considering adopting an adult cat, or an already house trained dog, the landlord might be more agreeable as they should know these animals are less destructive.

Most landlords do allow small pets such as rabbits and/or guinea pigs.  Some might even allow pet chickens, where they are legally allowed as pets, especially if you share the eggs.

Some landlords are more likely to accept a small to medium sized, non-shedding, dog, than a large hairy one. Of course when considering any dog specifically you must consider the backyard space as well as your ability to look after it – bored dogs are destructive.

Along the lines of talking about keeping a pet you may want to offer a “pet deposit”. You should check the laws in your area first because in many places there are legal considerations in regards to how much money can be asked for in terms of a “pet deposit”.  Be sure to get a receipt!

You will want to make some sort of rental agreement in terms of your responsibility for cleaning up after your pet (cleaning the backyard) and controlling pet odors (keeping the litter box clean)

The benefit to your landlord is that they keep you as a good tenant and do not have to worry about losing you and getting a potentially bad tenant, however you must be sure that you can uphold your commitment to the pet and landlord in this case. A neglected pet can be noisy, or destructive, and if you are forced to give up a pet due to your own lack of care, it is very unfair to the pet itself, and your landlord will be forever jaded against allowing pets again.

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Comments (4)

My landlord will allow small dog or one cat if you give them $150 security deposit. Voted up

Thank you dear Brenda. Nice article on pet care. Voted. Thanks for friendship and support.

Great information on this topic!

thanks much for the valuable info

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