Apartment Rental Tips For Pet Owners

It can be a little stressful for a pet owner looking for a place to live. Some apartment communities do not allow pets, or stringent rules and regulations have been put in place that can make it hard to rent as a pet owner. But, have no fear! There are plenty of apartment communities out there that are in fact pet-friendly. Did you know that all three of our communities in Florida are pet-friendly? In Melbourne, FL, you can live happily with your furry friend at the Harvard Apartments. And, in Tampa, FL, your dog or cat can lie lazily in the sun at Compton Place or the Landings at Cypress Meadows.  

Before you sign your lease on the dotted line, here are some rental tips for pet owners and answers to some FAQs to give you the information you need to be the best pet-owning neighbor you can be. 

Things You Should Know 

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Owning a pet can be a fun and rewarding experience for both pet and owner. But being a good pet owner and tenant is more than just giving your pet lots of love and attention- it also means taking the time to learn about what you need to do to ensure your pet’s safety and well-being as well as being considerate of those around you. Most renters or prospective renters are considerate pet owners, but below are some FAQ’s regarding some policies you may find when apartment hunting as a pet owner.  

Am I going to be required to sign a pet policy along with my lease?  

Most likely, yes. All pet owners looking to rent will most likely have a pet clause to sign when signing a lease. Most complexes also require a non-refundable fee to be paid before moving in for each pet in the apartment. These are put in place to ensure all renters and pets are considerate of other tenants within the community: specifically, no excessive barking or a pet relieving oneself in inappropriate areas. Check with your landlord or management company for details. These rental tips for pet owners are especially important for first-time renters

What types of pets are allowed in apartments?  

Cats and dogs are usually welcome. Other pets that are allowed by state ordinance, such as ferrets, are usually allowed, but they must have proof of vaccination and licensed by the state. Check your state’s guidelines for approved pets and always run it by your management office or landlord.  

What is the weight limit for my pet?  

This may be different for each apartment complex, so it is best to inquire with the management office or landlord. There is usually a weight cut off, and some dog breeds may be restricted.   

How many pets can I have in my apartment?  

Apartment complexes may limit the number of pets per apartment. Each complex will be different. Remember, it is best to be honest and disclose how many pets you own when looking to sign a lease. 

More Rental Tips For Pet Owners 

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The lease has been signed. Your move in date is set, and you are starting to pack. Congratulations! However, maybe you are feeling a little apprehensive or unsettled about how your animal will adjust to their new surroundings. We have some helpful tips for you to consider when you have moved in and are settled in your new apartment with your furry friend. 

Meet and Greet 

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It is important for pet owners to get to know their neighbor, and for your neighbors to get to know your 4-legged companion. After all, knowing you have friendly neighbors will make your pet feel right at home. Establishing relationships with your neighbors and the staff in the building shows that your furry friend is friendly, sociable, and trustworthy. And building trust with those around you is paramount when it comes to pet ownership. By getting to know your neighbors you will be able to ensure that they are aware of the rules when it comes to your pet, as well as any potential issues that could arise from them being around.  

Clean Up After Your Pet 

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Another hot tip may seem like it should go without saying, but we are going to touch on it anyway to emphasize its importance: clean up after your pets. It may seem simple, but we remind you of this for the sake of public health and hygiene. It is essential to make sure you are keeping up with the cleaning of your kitty litter box so that smells do not emanate into your neighbors’ apartments. Or to make sure you are picking up after your dog’s waste when walking them outside. Not doing so can lead to bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to other animals, and sometimes can even attract unwanted critters to your community. Plus, there is a fine that will likely be issued to you if you do not pick up pet waste from public property.  

Always carry plastic pet waste bags to make picking up after your pet as convenient as possible. Also, familiarize yourself with designated potty areas for your pet. They usually come equipped with a pet waste garbage receptacle. 

Know Your Pet 

Dogs and cats come in many sizes, personalities, and breeds. As their owner, it is important for you to know their needs. Some breeds require intellectual stimulation like pet puzzles, some need a lot of exercise to release pent up energy. Whatever the need, being a responsible pet owner requires knowledge of these personality quirks to be a better and more considerate neighbor so unwanted habits like excessive barking or biting and scratching walls do not form.  

Many properties have dog runs to give your pet a place to release energy, but if you do not have time for that or if you are looking to change it up, we have some ideas:

  1. Take your dog for a long walk in a local park or beach if you live on the coast. This is a win-win. You get to see some beautiful nature and your pet will get to release some energy. Just make sure they are leashed, and you are aware of any restrictions on pets being present at certain times.  

  2. Find a local dog park where your dog can socialize and run with other animals. You may make a new friend too! Just make sure your animal is up to date on their vaccinations, you keep a close eye on your dog, and that you follow all the rules. 

  3. Hire a trainer or dog walker. The stimulation your dog needs may be in an afternoon walk you may not be home for, or maybe a trainer teaching them some new tricks or commands will keep their mind working.  

Garden Communities Florida Apartments

To recap, these are our three Garden Communities properties in Florida.

Harvard Apartments (Melbourne, FL)

Compton Place (Tampa)

The Landings at Cypress Meadows  (Tampa)