Start to Prepare Early
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The best place to search for a rental apartment that allows pets is the internet. You can also like Facebook pages or join Whatsapp groups dedicated to rental services. You can also check the lists of apartments that allow tenants to move in with their pets with the Animal Humane Society.
Offer to Pay a Refundable Pet Deposit
Pets can damage rental properties, and property owners are responsible for ensuring tenants cover any damage caused by their pets once they move out. Your landlord is likely to ask for a pet deposit because it gives them a sense of security, so don’t hesitate to pay it. However, some, if not all of this money will come back your way because pet deposit is usually refundable.
Brush up Your Pet’s Resume
Of course, you want to move with your lovely pet wherever you go, but pets aren’t welcome in all rental houses. Convincing a landlord why you have to move in with your pet can sometimes be difficult. Thus, it’s crucial for tenants to pitch not only themselves but also their pets. Consider reaching out to former landlords, vets, and obedience trainers for recommendation letters to show your landlord. You can also draft your pet’s resume detailing its medical history, age, certification, and breed. You can also suggest to set up a pet interview if the landlord is still not convinced why they should allow you to move in with your pet.
Consult Your Vet
Your pet might need to undergo certain tests before you move with it across state borders. The USDA requires that every pet that will cross state lines to be vaccinated against rabies and obtain certification from a veterinarian. The same requirements apply to overseas travels but can differ based on the country your visting.
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