Convince Your Landlord To Let You Keep Your Pet

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With the demand for rentals at an all-time high, landlords can command not only a premium price for their unit but can also enact restrictions to weed out certain tenants. One of the most common restrictions is a no pet policy. Concerned that a tenant’s dog or cat may damage their unit – think carpet, floors, walls, blinds, etc. – some landlords will not, under any circumstances, allow pets on their property. Others, however, are on the fence.

So how can you convince these landlords that your pet won’t be a problem? Read through the following tips from Sean Martin for The Seattle Times:

  1. If you’re a pet-owning tenant with good credit, a long-term employment record, and a positive history, don’t hesitate to point out these attributes to the landlord.
  2. If your pet has had obedience training and is up-to-date on their vaccinations, this could strengthen your case. Additionally, a pet that has been spayed or neutered is much less likely to bite or mark the property which could help put the landlord’s mind at ease.
  3. Be willing to offset financial risks for the landlord by paying a pet deposit or fees or by offering to have the carpets cleaned before moving out.
  4. Set clear rules and stipulations for the animal in the lease, including any penalties or extra fees charged to the tenant.
  5. If you have a service dog, be sure to provide a signed verification of disability from a medical professional. Fair-housing laws state tenants cannot be charged an added fee for having a service pet.

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