Pointers from The Hawaiian Humane Society
I have talked to quite a few people lately who are thinking of moving or are in the process, and have found it difficult because they have a dog or cat. This is one of the drawbacks to renting: trying to find a landlord that will accept your pet.
The Hawaiian Humane Society has a program called "Pets in Housing," where they list pet-friendly rentals for free. Not every pet-friendly rental is there, though, and sometimes you can convince a landlord to allow Paulie Oatcakes to move in.
Natalie Lukashevsky of the Hawaiian Humane Society shared some tips on showing your potential landlord what a responsible pet owner you are.
While you look for a place:
- Create a dossier (see sample here) about the pet, including such documents as proof of spay/neuter, records of up-to-date vaccinations, indications of regular veterinary visits, and obedience school diplomas.
- Show written references from former landlords and neighbors, dog trainers, obedience class instructors, and veterinarians specifically discussing the pet.
- Offer to sign a pet agreement with the landlord.
- Encourage your potential landlord to meet the well-groomed, well behaved pet so they can see how low-maintenance they might be.
- Invite your potential landlord to see the animal in his or her current setting, and to check on the pet after move-in. This will show good faith and provide peace of mind.
After you move in:
- Always clean up after your pet!
- Have your pet spayed or neutered.
- Don't let the dog or cat roam the streets.
- If there's a problem with barking, take care of it right away.
"If you're a prospective tenant, impress upon your potential landlord your knowledge and practice of responsible pet ownership," Lukashevsky says. "Usually, responsible pet owners make responsible, good tenants."
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 in Permalink