According to the Human Society, 65% of today’s households include pets. If you are among this demographic, chances are you’ve experienced the challenges of finding a rental property that welcomes more than just two-legged tenants. Thankfully, the Dallas area happens to be remarkably pet-friendly – particularly when it comes to dogs. In fact, the number of dog friendly apartments in Dallas is quite high (and growing), as are the number of nearby Dallas dog friendly restaurants, bars and, of course, dog parks.
If you and your furry family member are in the market for a new place to live, here are a few helpful tips that will save time and make finding a pet-friendly apartment in Dallas a heck of a lot easier.
Start your search as soon as possible.
There may be ample rental properties in the area, but finding those dog friendly apartments in Dallas will likely take a bit more effort. Don’t wait until a few weeks before you have to move to start looking. Begin your search as soon as possible. This is particularly important if your pet happens to be a large dog or if you have multiple animals. Give yourself enough of a cushion that you can find the right place and be selective about your options.
Use the web.
The beauty of living in the internet age is that you can do much of the legwork in advance, before wasting valuable time or ending up on a wild goose chase. Take full advantage of this option by conducting advanced searches that will allow you to view pet policies and narrow down your selection to only include dog friendly apartments in Dallas. This will make for a much less frustrating experience for everyone.
Remember that looking for dog friendly apartments in Dallas involves more than just evaluating the actual rental property. It’s equally important to consider the location and amenities nearby. Will you be close enough to work? Is the neighborhood safe? Most importantly – are there other pet-related options in the area? For instance, if you have a large breed canine, it may be wise to choose a location that is close to one of the many Dallas dog parks. This will allow you to enjoy ample time outdoors with your four-legged friend.
Keep in mind that just because you may locate a pet friendly apartment in Dallas doesn’t mean you will automatically be approved to become a tenant there. In many instances, the landlord or property manager will require any potential pet owners to supply them with references so they can verify whether or not they’re a good rental candidate. The most effective references are those supplied by non-family members, particularly those whom you have either rented from or lived with previously. Have your list ready to go.
If there is no information in the listing about whether or not a particular apartment allows pets, the sooner you ask about their policy the better. It will save time for you as well as the landlord or property manager. Be sure to ask about which types of pets are allowed, if there are any restrictions (such as size, breed or weight limit), and whether there will be any additional fees associated with renting the property, such as pet deposits or rent premiums.
Sweeten the pot.
If, during your search for pet friendly apartments in Dallas, you encounter a landlord or property manager who is hesitant to allow a furry resident, you may be able to tip the scales in your favor by offering to pay a deposit. Not only does this provide an added level of protection to the landlord for the property itself, but it also demonstrates that you are confident in your pet’s behavior.
Work with a professional.
Last, but certainly not least, it may make more sense to just leave the legwork to a professional. For instance, most experienced apartment locators already know where to find all the dog friendly apartments in Dallas. They also have established relationships with the decision makers at these rental properties and can negotiate the right arrangement on your behalf. (Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime!)
To browse the available pet friendly apartments in Dallas, please feel free to search our listings. And, of course, if you’d like us to find the perfect place for you and your four-legged friend, get in touch today! We’d be happy to help!