How to Avoid Troubles When You Have a Pet and Live in a Rented Apartment
Every animal lover regards their pets as family members and leaving them is simply out of question. However, if you don’t have your own place of living and you have a furry friend, finding a suitable apartment can turn into quite a challenging mission.
Even if you can afford to pay a substantial monthly rent and you want to rent an apartment that has all conveniences you need, the presence of a pet is usually frowned upon as owners are afraid of damages. Of course, every pet owner knows that accidents happen. Even if your cat or a dog is well-aware of the location of the litter box, going to a new place inevitably leads to marking their new territory and a urine stain on the sofa, for example.
Anyway, here are a few guidelines that can help you find a nice place for you and your pet and avoid arguments with the landlord.
- If you are trying to find a new place by using the websites of your local community or the website of a real estate agency, look out for flats that are pet-friendly. Hiding the pet is not a good idea as sooner or later the owner will find out and you will have a lot of troubles.
- Strange as it may seem, the vet you take your furry friend to, might provide you with information about finding a pet-friendly home. After all, the vet meets hundreds of people every day and you are not the first who encounters such a problem, so don’t hesitate to ask during your next visit.
- Let’s presume you have finally found a suitable place to rent. Now, you have the task of protecting the surfaces against the damages your furry roommate can make. Failing to do this will result in an ineffective end of tenancy cleaning, not to mention your security deposit will be partially or completely withheld.
- Take your time and carefully read the tenancy contract before you sign it. If you wish so, you can include a clause according to which you agree to be charged upon leaving the property if the owner sees damages on the furniture. Alternatively, you can accept to pay a slightly higher monthly/ weekly rent because of sharing the place with a pet.
- Carpets and sofas are among the most frequently abused areas. As a pet owner, you probably know how difficult it is to eliminate pet smells absorbed into the fabrics. The most sensible solution is booking professional carpet cleaning or sofa cleaning, but it would be ridiculous to arrange professionals every time the cat “thinks outside the box”. Yet it is important to take actions as soon as possible. Blot the stain with a paper towel, so as much moisture as possible is absorbed. Then, treat the abused area with the well-known baking soda and vinegar paste. If possible, treat the area with bleach. It is considered one of the most effective solutions for neutralising urine smell. However, don`t mix white vinegar and bleach as a hazardous chemical reaction may follow – use one at a time.
- Apart from keeping the place clean, it is also important to get to know your neighbours. Introduce your pet and apologise in advance for any disturbance. If they know you and you prove to be a nice person, they will be less likely to complain about the irritating barking of the dog.
- If you leave your previous place on good terms with your landlord, kindly ask him for a reference not only for you as a tenant, but also for your pet. It would be a way more convincing for your new landlord to see a proof that their concerns about eventual damages are groundless. You can also make a CV of your pet and include information about the breed, the vaccines and even the vet you visit. You can even invite your potential landlord to your current place to prove that there are not damages caused by the pet.
- Along with pet smell, the hair covering the floor and the items of furniture is the next huge problem every pet owner encounters. There are a few methods that can help you remedy the situation, though. Arranging professional upholstery cleaning every week is the best solution but not very budget-friendly so you can place a blanket onto the furniture or dampen a rubber glove and collect the hairs. It goes without saying that the regular grooming of your furry roommate significantly decreases the amount of loose hair it leaves on the couch.
Finding a conveniently located, reasonably priced and pet-friendly apartment is not an easy task, especially if you do not have references, but it does not mean you should give up. Unfortunately, living with a pet means you have to make twice as many efforts towards proving you are a reliable tenant and keep the property in a perfect condition. Yet, nothing can be compared to living with your furry best friend so the efforts are worth it!