Pet Parents generally do not know enough about the laws governing the relationship between dogs and apartments. These tips will help you “expound” the doggy law.
Trying to land the apartment…
When moving into a new apartment with a pet in tow, it is critical to establish clear terms with your landlord regarding the pup. If your landlord is willing to allow your dog, it doesn’t hurt to write a concise list of terms co-agreed upon. For example:
- Tenant is permitted to keep Bowser, a kind-hearted, absolutely adorable bulldog, in apartment 2A on 75 Westphalia Boulevard in Queens, NY.
- Tenant is permitted only to keep Bowser, and no other animals.
- Tenant will offer $500 as an animal security deposit, returnable after leave, in case Bowser causes any physical damage to apartment 2A.
The list can go on, but you see what I mean. Having clear expectations is endlessly helpful with anything involving a landlord, and that most certainly includes your pet! (Plus, a list like this is a crucial bit of insurance in case your landlord turns on Bowser months down the road…)
What if your potential landlord is unwilling to allow your dog? Try to convince him! Many landlords are reluctant to allow pets as a first reaction. It’s simply easier to say no! But there are clever ways to gain their trust before they shake their heads. If you’ve had a successful pet experience in another apartment, why not have your former landlord write a letter of reassurance! Has your dog attended obedience school? Show your landlord the certificate! Of course, you should bring your pooch to meet the landlord. Many people have a tough time denying cuteness. Also, it helps to offer up a security deposit all on your own, at the very outset. These kinds of preemptive tricks can go a long way in soothing the mistrust of a landlord.