While pet-friendly amenities are always important, there are several other considerations when renting with a pet. Here are five things to keep in mind while search for an apartment that suits your needs:1. Confirm the Prospective Apartment Community Will Welcome Your Pet
Do yourself a favor and don't fall in love with an apartment before you confirm that your pet will be welcome. Most leasing offices will tell you if the apartment community is pet-friendly in the property listing, but you can take this one step further by making sure to read the community's pet policy.
2. Understand Your Financial Obligations
Most apartment communities will charge a pet deposit and pet fee upfront. The pet deposit will be used to cover any damages caused by your pet, while a pet fee helps relieve costs associated with maintaining and implementing pet-friendly amenities within the community. Be sure to budget for these upfront costs as you search for an apartment.
3. Offer References from Third-party Sources
When applying for an apartment, it's helpful to have a list of references from unbiased third-party sources to vouch for your pet, such as a previous landlord.
4. Compile Medical Records for Your Pet
Most pet-friendly apartment communities will want to know your pet’s medical background before welcoming him or her into the community. At Springs Apartments, for example, we want to see your pet's veterinary and registration records in addition to confirming up-to-date vaccinations.
5. Make Sure Your Pet is Included on Your Renter’s Insurance
Your renter's insurance policy may not automatically cover your pet, so it's important to talk to your insurance agent. Springs Apartments communities require all dogs to be covered by your personal liability insurance. If you have a large fish tank, we may also require additional liability coverage.