Searching for the perfect Dallas apartment can be challenging enough. Trying to find a great place that will also welcome your large-and-in-charge canine companion can make the apartment hunting process exponentially harder. A lot of times, even the places that claim to be “dog friendly” put certain limitations on size and breed. So, what’s a big dog lover to do? Here are a few tips our experienced Dallas apartment locators have learned over the years.
Hiding the fact that you have a dog or lying about its size or breed will almost certainly come back to bite you (no pun intended, of course). We’re talking everything from fines to removal of your pet to outright eviction. Yes, being honest and upfront about the situation will narrow your options, but at least you’ll enter into an agreement with a clear conscience and avoid having to worry about a potential problem a few months down the road.
Be ready to present evidence that, despite the fact that your dog is on the bigger size, he or she will not be a problem tenant. Have up-to-date vet records to show that your pooch is vaccinated and has been spayed or neutered. Talk about how he or she is trained, socialized and housebroken. Show documented proof whenever possible. Offer to bring the dog when you meet with the landlord. Or better yet, invite the landlord to come see how the dog behaves at your current place.
Be patient and flexible.
Understand that finding a Dallas apartment that accepts big dogs (and that you actually like) will probably take longer than if you were searching solo. Also, be prepared to make a few compromises here and there, whether it’s widening your options to include other neighborhoods or accepting that you may not end up with all the amenities you’re hoping for. When you remember that all of this is in exchange for the unconditional love of your four-legged family member, it’s worth the sacrifice.
Sweeten the pot.
If you’ve got a landlord who is on the fence, sweeten the pot and make it worth his or her while to rent to you. For instance, you might offer to sign a longer lease, pay a rental premium or provide a separate security deposit that will cover any damages caused by your pet. All of these things can ease a landlord’s mind and demonstrate that you’re confident that your companion won’t be a problem.
Work with a professional.
One of the best things about working with a Dallas apartment locator like us (besides the fact that it’s FREE) is that we have the inside scoop on all the best properties around. We know which apartments are dog-friendly and which landlords or property managers are more likely to say yes to a larger breed. This can save you a ton of time. And since we do all the work for you, we’ll take the hassle of finding your own place right off your to-do list. When you look at it that way, it’s really a no-brainer.
Are you in the process of moving or considering a move in the near future and are worried about whether or not you’ll be able to find a nice place that will allow you to bring your furry friend? Don’t sweat it. Give us a call. We can help narrow your options and find the best Dallas apartments for you and your big, lovable best friend.