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Living with Pets in an Apartment

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Living with Pets in an Apartment
Last update: 18 November, 2023

Living with pets in an apartment becomes a lot more complicated when the tenant rents. Damage to someone else’s property or to the infrastructure is more difficult to cope with.  And neighborhood complaints have a more noticeable impact. However, living with pets in an apartment is possible.

What it does require, though, is a lot of information and prudence when you look for a property to rent. Laws, stipulations of the contract and the dynamics of the residence are all aspects that you must study with caution. It only takes one issue to turn your living situation into a chaotic mess.

Here are a few tips to help you learn all about the ins and outs living with pets in an apartment.

Before looking for a place brush up on the law 

If you have a pet, the first thing you should do is study the laws that regulate lease agreements. In general, these laws devote at least one article to regulating the possession of animals on someone else’s property.

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Each country has different laws and legislation. Most places give the owner of the property the freedom to decide whether to accept pets or not. In Spain, for example, the Urban Leasing Act gives owners this option.

Obviously, everything will depend on elements such as the size. There is also the issue of whether the property is furnished. As well as the characteristics of the urbanization in which it is located.

Read the small print 

A contract is a written agreement that regulates more than just the business transaction of renting an apartment. In fact, it will establish foundations for peaceful coexistence between the owner, the tenant and the neighborhood. When you rent an apartment, you are accepting the rules of the community, the development and the building.

This is why everything must be clarified in writing at the very beginning. In addition, you must read the entire contract thoroughly so you know what to expect if the property owner allows you to have pets.

There are contracts that can demand a tenant’s departure in the case of issues with their pets. However, this would place anybody in a difficult situation because changing homes requires money, preparation and planning. Aspects such as work, children’s schools, and daily family dynamics could be heavily affected.

In some countries you can even get pet insurance, which covers most any damage that your dog may do. Buying pet insurance provides a sense of security to some property owners. This in turn makes them more comfortable about agreeing to renting to people with pets.

Learn about the dynamic of the property

Not all locations are alike. Each one is unique. Before moving in with your furry companion, analyze and consider the environment. An interview with the President of the Homeowners’ Association will clear up doubts.

When you arrive at the property, take some time to decipher the neighbors’ thoughts on living with pets. You could ask if there are other people with pets. Find out whether there are parks, neighborhood rules related to pets, or if the community is uncomfortable with pets.

When searching for a new apartment or place to live, you must be very perceptive. Visit calmly, slowly and completely, learning about the property. There are clues that will help you make the right decision, both for you and for your pets.

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Pets and apartments: research online before you commit 

The Internet allows us to look for locations and buildings that accept our four-legged friendsThis  is useful for many people. That’s why property owners are always quick to advertise about their willingness, or  unwillingness, to accept pets.

There is currently a trend where people and companies are accepting pets in holiday homes. Owners who have animals know that living with pets in an apartment should not cause any type of argument or  issue. Sometimes, the solution is simply to negotiate with people who understand your lifestyle.

You can start your research online, and learn about which properties and locations do not accept pets.

If you follow these tips and recommendations you should be able to manage living with pets in an apartment easily. Remember that you must take your animal’s size and behavioral patterns into account when deciding.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.