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."