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Rental Report: Furry Friends and Apartment Life

By ARLnow.com

Tuesday - 10/1/2013, 1:15pm  ET

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Editor’s Note: This biweekly sponsored column is written by Rick Gersten, founder and CEO of Urban Igloo, a rental real estate firm that matches up renters with their ideal apartments, condos or houses. Please submit any questions in the comments section or via email.

When renters contact Urban Igloo seeking an apartment, many request features such as parking, updated finishes, an in-unit washer/dryer and more.  But there is one request that we hear a lot that can often be a deal breaker, “Do you have any pet-friendly apartments?”

The answer is yes. But what do renters need to know before renting an apartment or condo that accepts pets?

Fees – There can be any combination of fees and deposits for animals at pet-friendly properties. Often, there is a non-refundable fee upfront along with pet rent. The fees often vary by type of pet (cat or dog) and they are generally between $200-500 per pet. Pet rent also varies by type of pet, and it normally runs between $25-50 per month.

Restrictions – Many buildings have size restrictions and/or breed restrictions for dogs. Most commonly, the weight restriction is between 50-75 pounds; however, there are quite a few places that only allow small dogs (less than 25 pounds). Breed restrictions are also common. The most common breeds not allowed in apartments in the area are pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, huskies, bulldogs and mastiffs.

Building Rules – Some buildings will let your pet have the run of the house, but others have strict policies about where your pet can and can’t be on the property. Some buildings only allow pets in certain elevators, and some don’t allow them in certain outdoor areas. On the flip side, many have a doggie pool party at the end of the season and they let all the dogs come out to play.

Pet Areas – When searching for a pet-friendly apartment, don’t just look at the property. Be sure to check out the surrounding areas for places to take your dog out to stretch his or her legs. Arlington has several dog friendly parks where your pup can let off some steam and socialize with other dogs. Also, some restaurants in Arlington will allow you to bring your dog if you sit out on the patio.

Lastly, don’t forget to register your dog with the county. All dogs over the age of six months, excluding service dogs, must be registered with Arlington County. The cost is $10 per year or $25 for three years.

Note: Many apartments are not going to have issues with pets such as birds or lizards, but be sure to check before signing a lease.

Are you looking for some pet-friendly apartments?  We have several Arlington apartments that will gladly welcome your pet.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

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