More and more people are getting pets. According to Spots.com, there has been a 20% increase in pet ownership since 1988. That means a lot of students are going to be looking for places that allow animals. It’s easy to assume you’re all set when a listing says that a property is pet friendly. You shouldn’t sign anything without asking specific questions, though. Otherwise, you risk having to pay an extra charge if you inadvertently break any rules. Here are three questions that you should ask before you sign any lease.
What Are the Pet Restrictions?
You may think you’re moving into pet-friendly student housing. However, that might not be the case if you don’t adhere to their restrictions. It may depend on the size of your pet – if you have a large dog, for example, that might wind up costing you extra, or you might not be allowed to move in at all, as some properties have restrictions prohibiting tenants from owning specific dog breeds. Additionally, if you have a large fish tank, it’s important to check that the property allows that.
What Will I Have to Pay to Have My Pet Live on the Premises?
When it comes to pet-friendly student housing, some apartments have stricter requirements than others. Many properties will require you to pay additional pet rent if you want to have an animal live with you. Look into this early so that you can plan accordingly. It’s also important to consider additional fees you may need to pay upon moving out. You don’t want to have any pet-related damage or mess. Make sure all the hair is vacuumed up and any holes fixed. Otherwise, you might get a bill.
Will This Space Fit My Pet?
Although a property may offer pet-friendly student housing, you might find it too cramped for pets that are a certain size. This can be especially problematic if your pet is unable to spend time outside. Be sure to consider the size of an apartment before you move in. Otherwise, you risk having a miserable pet.
These are just a few questions that you should ask before signing a lease with a pet. Be diligent with your research and you can find a place that works for you and your animal companion. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment, contact Lang Development today to inquire about our available properties.