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Pets & Apartments: 6 Tips to Make It Work

Pets are an important part of the family. They can become an incredibly fulfilling part of your life. But having a pet when living in an apartment presents its own set of challenges.

With this article, I want to share with you 6 tips that can help make apartment living with Pets work. 

Speak with the neighbours and body corporate – Whether before you move in, or whether you are planning on getting a pet in an apartment that you already live in, the first thing you should do is speak with your neighbours or speak with the body corporate/seller of the apartment block you are moving into. Make sure that there won’t be any issues with a pet. Or do whatever you need to do to alleviate any concerns before introducing a Pet to the apartment.

If you’re renting Don’t lie to your landlord – If you are going to get a pet, don’t even think about lying to your landlord about it. You will get caught, and this will cause issues for your rental applications in the future. Work with your landlord and the Property Manager to make it work. If they won’t let you get a Pet, or move in with a pet, it’s time to pick a different property. There are plenty of other pet-friendly properties out there. 

Ensure your pet can get out and about – There’s nothing worse than being couped up in an apartment, and that goes doubly so for dogs. So when you’re buying a new apartment, factor in local parks that you’ll be able to take your dog to.

Choose the right property for your Pet – You also need to get into the minds of your Pet (or potential pet) when looking at an apartment. Is it an appropriate home for your Pet? Will they be okay there when you are away from the house? Or are they likely to be bored – leading to possibilities of damage and other bad behaviours (including doggy howling that could annoy the neighbours.)

Get any agreements in writing – If a landlord, or body corporate representatives, agree to allow you to get a pet, don’t just rely on a verbal agreement. Make sure that you get any agreements in writing.

If you’re renting Commit to cleaning when you leave – Pets make a mess. One thing to consider offering when you want to get a Pet is to commit to cleaning the apartment when you leave. Offer to do an in-depth end of lease clean – more thorough than you would legally be required too. Get a professional in to do this.

Pets are an important part of the family. They show you unconditional love and can be incredibly fulfilling. Pets in apartments can be made to work but you do need to make sure you manage this properly. Hopefully, the 6 tips mentioned above are helpful to you and make the process run more smoothly.

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