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Things to Keep in Mind When Renting with Pets


If there is just one thing that is a strong motivator for renters to become homeowners, it’s having pets. Renting when you have cats or dogs (or even a hedgehog) can often be more trouble than it seems like it’s worth. However, renting with pets doesn’t have to be as difficult as many people make it out to be. When you’re looking for homes for rent in Little Rock, let the professionals at Real Property Management Central Arkansas help get get you into the perfect home for your needs with your fuzzy friends too!

As you start looking for a new home to rent, keep a few of the following things in mind so that you can not only find the right rental for you, but also make sure you’re the right renter for the property owner.

Pet Numbers

The first thing to keep in mind when you’re looking at homes for rent is the number of pets you have and how much they weigh. Many places will allow either one or two pets. If you have more than that, renting probably is not in your best interests. However, if you have either one or two pets, make sure to look for rentals that allow the type of pets you have. Some places may not allow cats and some places may not allow dogs. In addition, if you have dogs, you’ll have to be aware of their weights. Often, you will find some rentals that only allow small dogs under 20 pounds. This is rarely negotiable, but if you have a pet that is  just slightly over the limit and you really like the rental, it never hurts to ask the owner.

Additional Fees

Whenever you rent with pets, it’s important to budget for the additional fees and deposits that you’re probably going to have to come up with. This can include anything from a monthly pet rent to a refundable, or even non-refundable, pet deposit. Know what you can and cannot afford and look for fees that are reasonable. If you find a rental that requires both a pet rent and non-refundable deposit, it’s worth your while to keep looking for something a bit more reasonable.

Keep Up Vet Records

As a pet owner, it’s important for you to provide your pets with the medical care that they need. This includes keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Property owners may ask for your pet’s medical records in order to show that the vaccinations are current. Don’t be offend as this is relatively common practice. This is important because a pet that isn’t current on vaccinations could cause a larger liability problem for both pet owner and property owner. This is also why certain breeds may not be allowed. Whether or not they are actually dangerous, many insurance companies will not cover an accident with these breeds.

When you need to find a home for rent that allows pets in the Little Rock area, talk with Real Property Management Central Arkansas in order to find the right fit for you! Call us today for more information.

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