Many pet-owning homeseekers face challenges when it comes to finding housing for themselves and their pets. This is especially true for pet owners who rent their homes.
Many of the barriers listed here can be chalked up to long-standing misconceptions held by landlords and property managers. Fortunately, an increasing number are recognizing the benefits pets have to offer them, their properties, and their tenants.
Many apartments, condos, and rentals impose harsh restrictions on the type and number of pets allowed, if they allow them at all. These policies are frequently adopted under the mistaken belief that renting to pet owners is a liability. In reality, pet owners tend to incur less damage than tenants who don’t own pets. On top of that, pet owners tend to be more stable renters than those without pets. Nevertheless, finding housing that allows pets at all continues to be a major challenge to pet owners — and a great opportunity for savvy, pet-friendly property owners.
In a nationwide study of renters with pets, pet owners were found to pay upwards of 30% more in rental fees than non-owners.
Even when homeseekers find housing that will allow their pets, the fees associated with them can be prohibitively high. Excessive pet deposits and other fees unfairly discriminate against pet owners.
Many neighborhoods lack amenities for pets, making life difficult for pets and their owners.
Dog parks or other pet-friendly green spaces offer places for pets to get exercise and socialization; both essential components to maintaining a dog’s health and well-being. Without access to dog parks, owners must find other ways to get their pets the exercise they need
Along with dog parks, the availability of regularly placed and maintained pet clean-up stations is another amenity that many communities lack.
What do you suppose your dog thinks about your neighborhood? It might seem like a strange question, but there are nice places to live and there are worse places to live, whatever species we are.
Pets are a huge part of our lives. Over two-thirds of American households own a pet, and that number is rising!