How to Get Your Landlord to Let You Have a Dog

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Whether you already have a dog or are planning to get one, convincing your landlord that your animal friend is not a danger to their property can be difficult. Landlords worry about property values as well as a dog's behavior. Irresponsible dog owners may allow damage to the property or constant barking that may bother neighbors. Proving that you will be a responsible dog owner and that your dog is well behaved may convince your landlord to let you have a dog.

  • Anticipate your landlord's objections. Consider if he is concerned about the size of the dog, the dog's behavior, the dog's energy level, or other issues.

  • Write a pet resume. Include information on the dog's breed, the dog's personality, and the dog's history. Share your dog's medical records and any certifications that it may have.

  • Show your landlord a picture of your dog, or introduce them. People often feel more comfortable about animals they have met in person.

  • Offer to sign an agreement to pay additional pet rent or to cover any and all damages resulting from the dog. Tell your landlord you are willing to pay additional insurance if the breed requires it in your city; pit bulls and large breeds sometimes need this.

  • Use any psychological or physical disabilities as a reason for needing your dog. Doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists may be willing to write letters to your landlord stating why this animal is necessary for your health.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact a local vet, rescue organization, or animal shelter for a list of landlords and properties that allow dogs.
  • Sneaking a dog onto your property against your landlord's knowledge can lead to lawsuits, fees, and the loss of your home.

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