Finding pet friendly accommodation as a renter
Many rental properties specifically say in the add that they won't accept pets, which can make the task of finding a rental property as a pet owner extra challenging. Here are some simple things that you can do to help lift your rental application to the top of the pile.
Let them know what type of pet you have
A rental owner who doesn't want loud dogs waking up the neighbours might not be as annoyed by a single house cat or a small dog that lives in the house. If you only have one smaller pet, it is a good idea to make this extra clear in your application, so that the rental manager has a clear understanding of the fact that your pet is very unlikely to cause much damage to the property. You can even attach a photo to the application, so that they can see your pet is less house-killer and more bed-warmer.
Offer to pay a pet bond
Even small animals such as house cats can concern some owners who are worried that the cat fur may lodge on curtains and in soft flooring, which can cause issues for people who have allergies. Offering to pay a pet bond that can be used to get the house professionally cleaned after you vacate the tenancy can help to allay this fear and may be enough to convince a landlord to rent to you.
Move further out
If you do have some bigger animals that you need to bring with you, it's a good idea to look further out of the city. Often semi-rural properties are much more open to many pets or larger pets as many people in the neighbourhood have pets in the area.
If you are still having issues finding a great property, it is a good idea to become more proactive in your house hunt. Reach out to your friends and family, as well as co-workers, to explore if any of them know of a property that might be suitable. This can be a great option because it can help to connect you with pet-friendly houses that haven't yet been vacated but that will be looking for tenants soon.
Having a pet doesn't mean you can't rent a fantastic house. Be sure to be proactive and honest in your search so that you can find the perfect house for you and your furry family members.