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6 Tips to Create the Most Pet-Friendly Apartment

  • 28 November 2018
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If you are moving to an apartment and have a pet, there are some things you should do to make sure that that your new environment is suitable for your pet, and here are six tips:

The Lease

Let’s say you’ve just moved into an apartment in a small, affordable city like Eugene, Oregon — what are your first steps?

Well, first, make sure that your new apartment is legally pet-friendly.

Just because an online post mentions that the complex be hospitable, doesn’t mean that it is. Is there an additional security deposit that is required if you have a pet? If the unit is in a high rise, are there enough elevators so that you can make the trip up to your apartment quickly? If so, are the elevators large enough to transport you, your pet, and lots of other residents at the same time?

Some apartment complexes do have pet weight limits, age limits, and will restrict the number of pets per unit, so be sure to check before you make a commitment to move.

The Grounds

Is there a dog-walking section that is accessible and fenced off? Are there receptacles where you can throw dog poop? If not, are there dog parks nearby where you can let your pet off the leash?

Other Pets

Can you find out what other pets inhabit the building? Are exotic animals allowed or just fish, cats and dogs? Are there any dogs with behavior problems on the premises? If so, find out how can you avoid them so that your pet won’t have an unfortunate incident.

Routine

If you live in a house with a nice, fenced in yard, you’re probably used to just letting your dog out and waiting for him or her to scratch the door to be let back in.

You won’t necessarily have this luxury unless you are moving into some kind of duplex, so a definite routine will be most appreciated by your pet. If you have to leave your dog alone for eight hours per day, do try to get home at the same time as your pet will definitely be looking for you.

Windows

Just like all pets love the routine of knowing when they’ll get fed their high quality food and let outside, cats love looking out of windows, but you need to be sure that window screens are securely fastened so that you don’t have an accident. A heavy dog may like sitting near the window ledge also, but they could even more easily tumble out through a loosely fitted window screen, so be careful.

References

It may be hard to believe, but some apartment communities will want to know that your pets have behaved well in their past residences. Even if you aren’t used to asking your landlord for personal references, you do need to accumulate pet letters of recommendation! Sometimes you do have to sell a landlord on the idea that your pets will fit in to their new community while not causing any damage.

Pets are great, but if you have to move from your first home to an apartment, expect that you will have to pay more attention to the details of your pet’s new surroundings. Just as your prospective landlord is diligent about selecting tenants, you must carefully vet your new apartment complex to make sure it is right for everyone—including your pet.


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