When it comes to finding a new place to call home, sometimes it can be a little tricky tracking one down that will accommodate your furry little pal. Sometimes, when you do find a place that allows pets, there are some rigid restrictions. The last thing you want is to sign a lease for an apartment and then realize your companion is not, in fact, allowed. The following tips will help ensure that your hunt for pet-friendly apartments in Brooklyn, NY, goes smoothly.
Carefully Read The Fine Print
Many times, though an apartment may allow residents to bring pets with them, there are limits. You may find that there are weight restrictions, a cap on how many you can have, and some may even ban certain breeds. Knowing in advance what the stipulations are, right up front can save you a lot of time and heartache.
It’s not unusual for landlords to charge additional fees or deposits for pets. You may even have to pay a slightly higher rent. But make sure you aren’t being asked to pay an inflated fee. There may be local regulations in place that limit what you can be charged.
Sell Your Pet
No, we don’t mean you should find your beloved pal a home! Rather, if you found a place that you’re absolutely in love with, but the restrictions in place seem to hinder your ability to move in, sell the idea to your would-be landlords. If you can show that the pet has a favorable history, including top-notch training and likability from previous landlords, you may find some flexibility. It never hurts to try.
Scope Out The Property
Is a property truly pet friendly? Or, are pets just allowed? Will you be the only one with a pet? Might the other residents be less-than-welcoming? Are there amenities for the pet? These are all questions you may want to ask before settling on a new home. Some residences may allow pets but may not be inclined to fully embrace their presence. You want to be comfortable in your new home, so these are important questions to answer.
At 363 Bond Street, we truly pride ourselves on our welcoming community not just for our human residents, but for our animal residents as well. Both cats and dogs (up to 50 pounds) can join our inviting, art-forward community. And being in the heart of Brooklyn, you’re just steps from myriad shops to pick up all your animal needs, including Carrol Gardens Pet Grooming, NYC Pet, and Park Slope Pet, just to name a few.