Are you a pet-loving renter? If so, you are part of the growing majority of renters around the country. In fact, there has been 32% increase in the number of renters who own pets today compared to last year, according to an Apartments.com national survey. These findings may be a sign of an improving U.S. economy, as the struggling economy has played a strong role in the first decline in pet ownership since 1991, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
While renting with pets may be on the rise, finding an apartment that allows pets may be somewhat grueling, or come with some hefty fees and deposits attached. More than 60% of renters surveyed said they faced some challenges in finding accommodations for them and their pet, and 63% said they were required to pay a pet deposit.
As you can imagine, pet policies play a major role in a renters decision of where to live and can be a deal-breaker for many. Personally, I know that I could never live in an apartment that wouldn't allow me to bring my two beloved cats Simone and Pierogi.
Not only do I consider them an extension of my family, but there are also very helpful around the apartment. If I didn't have them…
Who would help me with important organizational projects around the house?
Or, help fold the laundry?
Or keep me motivated when working from home?
I’m sorry! I digress…
The good news for all us pet-loving renters is nearly 80% of respondents said they live in a pet-friendly building, indicating both landlords and residents without pets are increasingly recognizing that pet owners are, for the most part, responsible and respectful neighbors.
For more information on the results from the Apartments.com pet survey, check out the infograph below and read the full press release.
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