This information is presented as a public service from Blue Ridge Humane Society
Many animals are surrendered to shelters each year because their owners have difficulty finding rental properties that allow pets.
We strongly encourage open communication and honesty between rental management and pet-owning tenants. Use the tips below to promote your pet and yourself as a responsible pet parent:
- Create a pet resume that includes a photo, lists of training classes, your pet’s favorite activities, a letter of reference from a recent landlord, and current medical records.
- Invite landlords to meet your pet.
- Even if management advertises “no pets” or has breed/size restrictions, some make exceptions.
- Be prepared to pay a refundable pet deposit.
- Ensure that the lease you actually sign allows pets. Never sign a lease that says “no pets.”
- Contracts like leases cannot be changed without both sides agreeing. Pet deposits or monthly fees should be specified in writing in the lease.
If rental management and pet owners work together, they can create a mutually beneficial pet-friendly environment, keeping the pet’s family intact and ensuring the protection of management’s properties.