How to Find and Secure Pet Friendly Housing

In a study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, statistics indicate that a top reason for pet homelessness is related to moving and being unable to get pet friendly housing. The average American is likely to move at least five times throughout his or her life.  This often means dealing with rental properties or neighborhood associations that have a “no pets allowed” rule. 

There are options. Many landlords and property managers DO open their residences and communities to responsible pet caretakers.  Please onsider the following advice when seeking a lease or purchasing a property where pets are allowed:

  1. Give yourself a minimum of six weeks to find a suitable rental. Purchasing a property will take longer.
  2. Compile documents that prove you are a responsible pet owner.  Include letters of reference from your landlord and veterinarian.
  3. Renters may be asked to pay an extra security deposit.
  4. Create a pet resume for your pet(s).
  5. Promote your pet and yourself.  Make arrangements for the landlord to meet your pet. Responsible pet owners make excellent renters. 
  6. Protect your rights.  Make sure “pets allowed” is part of your written lease agreement or in the association by-laws. 
  7. Don’t try to conceal your pet.  You may be subject to eviction or legal action.
  8. Respect the pet restrictions.  Most properties will have policies in place such as:  weight/size limitation, breed limitation, species limitation, and maximum number of pets allowed. 
  9. Respect pet “house rules or by-laws”.  All properties will have regulations in place for the benefit of the community at large. Let your landlord or property association know that you will comply. 
  10. Unfortunately, many landlords and property managers have had their fair share of challenging experiences with residents who do not behave responsibly.  Expect that you will be asked to comply with most or all of the following:
  • Spay/neuter.
  • Cats: indoors only and litter box trained.
  • Dogs: housebroken and owners must clean up waste.
  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • Regular, appropriate veterinary care should be provided to all pets.
  • Pets must be parasite free and appropriately groomed.
  • Behavioral issues should be addressed immediately through veterinary care and/or training.
  • Local pet licensing ordinances must be followed.
  • Pets should be wearing ID tags.
  • Pets should not be left alone for extensive periods of time.
  • Appropriate pet care arrangements must be made when the residence is unoccupied.

Remember that every situation may have slightly different guidelines.  So take as much time as necessary to fully understand all the rules and regulations pertaining to your lease or homeowner’s association contract. 

For information on where to find pet friendly housing in your area, visit the following links:

Nutmeg Woods
Hotpads Hartford County 



How to Find and Secure Pet Friendly Housing

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