6 Tips for Finding a Pet-Friendly Home in South Florida

If you have a furry family member, it may be difficult to find the right home where you can all live together. Today, we’re going to help you understand how to find a pet-friendly home.
1. Read Up on Pet Restrictions and Local Regulations
Every property owner has a different pet policy, some have one or more of the following rules for renters with pets. Below are a few of the common restrictions you’ll see.

Limit on the Number of Pets
Some property owners limit the number of pets their tenant can have.

Weight Restrictions
Some property owners do not allow (or may charge additional fees for) pets (dogs) over 20lbs.

Aggressive Dog Breeds
Unfortunately some landlords will not allow tenants to bring dog breeds that are deemed “aggressive”. There’s no specific list, and breed restrictions are specific for each property.

Below is a typical aggressive dog breeds list for apartments.
Pit Bulls
Dobermans
Rottweillers
German Shepherds
Great Danes
Alaskan Malamutes
Terriers

The list above may vary, but these are a few examples of the commonly restricted breeds. While your pet may be harmless, some property owners (and insurance companies) find these breeds to be risky (sad but trure).

2. Pet fees and pet deposit
Its is in our experience, almost all property owners require tenants to pay a non refundable pet deposit for bringing your canine or feline friend along. There are some exemptions such as bringing a pet that is considered to be an emotional support animal or a service animal.

You’ll typically see these three types of costs associated with renting with pets:

Pet Deposit
This is a one-time cost you’ll pay when moving in with your pet. Unlike a pet deposit, this is nonrefundable.

Pet Rent
An extra $25-$100 may be added to your monthly rent if you are renting with a pet.

3. See if you Qualify for a Service Animal
People with disabilities have a right to have service or emotional support pets, even if the leasing agreement specifically prohibits pets. You do not have to disclose your disability to the landlord. Additionally, service animals are not subject to pet fees.

4. Promote Yourself and your Pet
If you’d like to succeed in finding a pet-friendly home, you have to promote your furry pal. Let your real estate agent know that you share similar concerns about cleanliness. Express that your pet is potty-trained, vaccinated, flea-controlled, etc so that he/she may relay that information to the owners agent if they are not that person.

Getting a training certificate for dogs is a good way to prove to your landlord your pet would be a good tenant is always a plus!

5. Purchasing Renters Insurance
Finding a pet-friendly home always an easy task. Liability is a top concern for property owners and one of the main reasons they are against pets.

Property Owners will usually feel more at ease allowing pets if they are insured – this can be especially helpful if you have an aggressive breed. Be sure to find out whether your insurance has a dog bite exclusion, dangerous breed exclusion or other limitations.

Most rental insurance companies do not cover dog bites, so you may need to get a separate pet insurance policy.

As we earlier, many homes limit the number of pets a tenant is allowed to have in their home with them. Property owners may be more likely to allow a fixed animal than one that may have offspring bringing the apartment’s total pets way past the allowable amount.

6. Find Your Pet-Friendly with The Aire Group
Finally, we at TheAireGroup.com are here to help! You can use our site to search for homes that allow dogs or cats, making it easy for you to find the perfect place for you and your furry friend. We have done some of the work for you below. As always feel free to contact us by using the form at the bottom of this page if you need help finding your pet friendly home in South Florida.

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