Any pet lover who has ever searched for an apartment knows that renting when you have pets can be an unnerving endeavor. Years ago when I searched for apartments in New York City, I encountered the “No pets allowed” clause regularly. Sometimes, I’d call a real estate office or answer an ad to see an apartment only to be told at the viewing that no pet of any kind was allowed. I also had at least two real estate agents tell me that finding an apartment in NYC which allowed pets would be a journey. I had many more real estate agents just never call me back after asking if I owner a pet or not. Others told me to just not mention it to the owner. If I had a cat, I could get away with it, they’d say.
Thankfully, now many owners and buildings are allowing pets in their rentals. I know several people who have cats and dogs (some of them large but most of them small-sized) and rent their apartments. But it is certainly not all well on the renting front when it comes to animals.
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