So you've found the perfect apartment at a fabulous price in the neighborhood you love, and you and Fluffy are all set to move in. But there's only one problem: The landlord doesn't allow pets. Or, maybe you've been ogling over the dogs of passersby for months now and you finally decide that your life simply won't be complete without a pooch. But, again, just one small issue: Your current building is not pet-friendly.
It can be frustrating to turn down the perfect place or to be unable to adopt a pet once you're ready, especially when so many are in need of homes. But there are a few things you can do to try to change your landlord's mind. Here are some tips:
Assure your landlord that you will purchase (or, even better, already have purchased) renters insurance. It might cost only around $100 per year, but could be more expensive depending on where you live. Make sure to buy a policy that covers pet damages as well.
Pay a deposit or fee
Propose to your landlord or management company that you'll pay a pet deposit, a one-time fee or even a monthly fee. Start with a deposit – which is the cheapest option for you as you'll get it back provided your pet doesn't damage the place – and if that isn't enticing enough, offer to pay a one-time fee or monthly fee, depending on the landlord's preferences.
Market yourself and your pet
If you already have a pet, explain her good qualities and why your pet's presence will not disturb your neighbors. It's important to be honest though. Don't tell the landlord your dog never barks if, in fact, she barks every time a person passes in front of the window outside. In this situation, say you'll mitigate the chance of barking by keeping the blinds closed while you're gone during the day, or sending your dog to doggie daycare. If your dog has taken obedience classes, tell the landlord about these.
Situations in your favor
Here are some ways that you might be more likely to convince your landlord to let you have a pet:
Situations not in your favor