Survey: Renters Want Dog-Friendly Apartments

An survey reveals pet-friendly policies are in high demand.

Posted: June 16, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Almost 90 percent of renters are pet owners, according to an survey of more than 1,000 renters around the country. Of the renters surveyed that do not currently own a pet, more than half plan to become pet owners within the next year.

About 30 percent of respondents said they seek an apartment in close proximity to pet amenities such as veterinary hospitals, dog parks and walking trails. More than 80 percent of respondents said a pet-friendly policy played a major role in where they chose to live.

While the majority of respondents experienced difficulty finding an apartment that allowed pets, 89 percent said they were not put in a position where they had to choose between their pet and a place to live.

For those who said they were forced to give up their pet, the two main causes were not being able to find an apartment with a pet-friendly policy (65 percent) or not being able to afford the pet deposit (27 percent). The survey found that more than half of renters paid more than $200 for a pet deposit. Almost 60 percent said they would be less likely to rent an apartment requiring a pet deposit., which had more than 11 million pet-friendly apartment searches in 2008, offers tips to new pet owners looking for an apartment:

  • Ask permission. Ask the landlord’s permission before you get a pet.
  • Conduct an online search. Many online apartment search sites allow users to conduct a pet-friendly apartment search. Be aware that some apartments may have size, weight or breed limitations.
  • Pay the pet deposit. Confirm any additional costs associated with owning a pet. Remember to ask if the deposit is refundable or non-refundable.


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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

6/16/2009 11:36:04 PM

More and more people want homes that allow pets. I'm glad to see landlords complying but tenants need to take proper responsibility so that others aren't penalized.

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Danielle   Bartlesville, OK

6/16/2009 8:30:57 PM


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karen   little rock, AR

6/16/2009 7:37:32 PM

That's sad really..I would never live where i could not have a pet first of all.I feel bad for the ones that did..I feel like you choose your pet..they dont choose you!It's your responibility to take care of that pet!Even if you must move elsewhere!

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Dogman   Orange Co., CA

6/16/2009 4:58:40 PM

The weight maximum that many apartment and condo complexes impose on residents' dogs (typically 15 to 18 lb.) really is dumb. Energy level is far more relevant than weight. A Greyhound weighs around 50 to 70 lb. but is mellow and quiet. Compare that to the perpetual motion of an ever-barking 15-lb. terrier. Which one is more likely to annoy residents?

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