As a real estate agent, I have a lot of families and house buyers ask me to help them find pet friendly real estate. I know that for many people, especially those who want to live in apartments or condo unit, finding housing that allows pets such as cats and dogs can be a hassle.
While keeping a small fish aquarium is often acceptable considering that fish never really go anywhere, pets such as cats and dogs are often banned from apartment buildings. Exotic pets are also banned for fear that their escape could cause a bit of trouble – no one wants to hear that a snake or a tarantula is loose in their building after all.
If you are a dog or cat lover who wants to find affordable housing, here are my tips for finding pet friendly real estate, and making sure that your pet will not be an inconvenience to anyone else in the building.
Always ask around and look for real estate that allows you to bring in pets. You can check online or on house listings. You can also visit open house showings and ask real estate agents such as myself if pets would be allowed.
You should also never assume that a listing allows pets unless it is mentioned specifically in the ad. Always ask and confirm in person.
Train your pet to be quiet
One of the primary reasons why dogs and cats are often not allowed in apartment buildings is because of the racket they make, especially in the evening. Since buildings are enclosed spaces, sounds tend to echo and bother other people.
Choose a pet that is quiet, such as a fish or a hamster, but if you must get a dog or a cat, train them to keep the barking and the meowing to a minimum.
Seal pet food items properly
People will also often complain about the smell of pet food. Many dog food varieties, especially the canned type, has a strong, pungent odour that other people in your apartment building may find disagreeable.
Sealing and Storing Pet Food
If you wish, you could visit suppliers of different types of dog food
and choose something that is suitable. Typically, fresh, grain free dog food is less pungent than cheap kinds of dog food. Keep unused dog food in a tightly sealed container to prevent smells from escaping, and always dispose of left over dog food.
Prove that you are a responsible pet owner
Always clean up after your pets and as much as possible, train your pets not to destroy furniture around the house. Many real estate owners dislike pets because they may ruin the carpet or furniture, which will be expensive to replace once the tenant moves out.
Bring your dog to a training camp and present the land lord with a certificate that your pet has completed training. It gives you more credibility and will convince the land lord or estate agent that you are a responsible pet owner.