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Affordable Pet-Friendly Rentals - Impossible

August 28th, 2015 at 02:55 pm

So, maybe a little naive, but I figured since everyone and their mom owns a dog out in Montana that we would have no issue finding a nice, affordable home to rent that allows pets. Not so!

My boyfriend and I have been in our 625 sq ft month-to-month rental since June 1st now and I'm getting antsy. I work from home, so I'm in the house all day. It's really starting to cause me to go stir-crazy.

I am on rental websites and Craigslist every day. Not only is it hard to find rentals that allow pets in the first place, but trying finding one that allows at dog that's bigger than 30 lbs. My American Bulldog pitbull mix is 50 lbs. Definitely won't make that cut.

We were approved for a home last week but they ended up wanting $500 PER PET as a damage deposit. I have 2 cats and the dog. That would have been $1500 cash up front not including first month's rent or the security deposit. Needless to say, we didn't sign the lease.

I love my pets and I am so glad to be their mom, but wow it would be SO much easier to find a nice place if they weren't around. But I'm not the type to give up my pets just to move. That's just silly.

7 Responses to “Affordable Pet-Friendly Rentals - Impossible”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It is definitely harder to find rentals with pets. However, I don't blame people one bit in regards to asking for an extra deposit because of pets.

  2. Another Reader Says:

    Very few landlords will accept your dog. Many insurance policies do not allow pits, pit mixes, and a number of other large dog breeds believed to be aggressive by the insurance companies. I do not allow pits or pit mixes in my rentals. The liability risk is too high.

    You were lucky to find someone that only wanted a deposit to accept three pets, including a bully breed mix. You may regret not accepting that landlord's offer.

  3. Butterscotch Says:

    Thank you for not being the kind of low life that moves and leaves their pets behind! I have had some "dangerous" breeds of dogs in the past and have found rentals. It takes a little work but they are there! One idea might be to contact shelters or rescues in your area and see if they can recommend any places or landlords that will work with you. Good luck!

  4. natasha.cornelius Says:

    I currently have renters insurance and his breed wasn't an issue. His breed wasn't an issue with the house rental either, the issue was on my end with not wanting to drop that much cash in one fell swoop.

    I own a townhouse in MN that I rent out and the association doesn't have a rule against any certain dog breeds either, which I did find surprising. I don't have any breed restrictions on my rental. I also ask for a deposit, but it's only $500 if you have pets (allowed no more than 3 total and no more than 2 dogs or 2 cats.) Not $500 per pet.

    I couldn't believe the $1500 pet deposit. And I guess it wasn't "only" a deposit, they wanted a monthly pet rent too, but it was the amount of the deposit that got me.

  5. natasha.cornelius Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Butterscotch! I'll see if the local humane society has any leads.

  6. Househopeful Says:

    I have a pitty mix too. It is tough sometimes to go up against the stigma, but I am glad to see that the rentals you've encountered don't have an issue with the breed!

  7. natasha.cornelius Says:

    Househopeful, oh I have definitely come across rentals with the breed issues! I just meant the rental I was approved for didn't have any restrictions, neither does the association I own a home in. Nice to hear from a fellow pitty lover!

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