Since your four-legged friend is truly part of your family, it's important for Southwest Florida residents to take the time to find a pet-friendly apartment community. Here are four things to keep in mind when it comes to renting with a pet:
1. Read the Pet Policy
Pet-friendly apartment communities have a pet policy in place, which spells out the types of pets allowed, breed restrictions, vaccination requirements, and more. Not taking time to read or inquire about the community’s pet policy can lead to lots of hassle down the line. At Springs Apartments, we strongly encourage all prospective residents to read our pet policy, so they have a thorough understanding of our requirements
2. Compile Vet Records
Any pet-friendly apartment community is going to ask for your pet’s medical history to confirm they are healthy, vaccinated, and well cared for. Also, if your pet has gone through any behavioral training, this documentation is useful to include in your rental application.
3. Understand Your Financial Obligations
Most pet-friendly apartment communities will require you to pay a deposit to help cover any pet-related damages. Some apartment communities will require a monthly fee for having a pet in addition to an initial deposit, and since the deposit and fees can impact your monthly budget, it's a good idea to understand these financial obligations before committing to an apartment community.
4. Make Adjustments to Renter's Insurance
As a pet owner, it’s essential to review the amount of liability coverage you have on your renter's insurance policy. This coverage can help protect you from a lawsuit in the event your pet bites another resident or causes property damage, and, in some cases, this added renter's insurance may even cover veterinary bills if your pet gets injured.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about our three pet-friendly apartment communities in Southwest Florida. These communities feature pet-friendly amenities such as an off-leash dog park, a pet spa area, and a doggie DNA program that helps keep pet waste under control.