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Hey landlord, something to think about

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A study by Apartments.com has found that 80 percent of renters say a pet-friendly policy plays a major role in where they choose to live, and nearly one of every three seek out a home that is convenient to ameneties like dog parks and walking trails.

A whopping 90 percent of those responding to the survey said they had a pet, and half of the other 10 percent said they plan to get one within the next year.

While the majority of respondents experienced difficulty finding an apartment that allowed pets, 89 percent said they were not put in a position where they had to choose between their animal and a place to live.

For survey respondents who said they were forced to give up a pet, the two main causes were identified as not being able to find an apartment with a pet-friendly policy (65%) or not being able to afford the pet deposit (27%).

Apartments.com says more properties are welcoming pets. More than 11 million searches were conducted on the website in 2008 by people seeking pet-friendly apartments.

For tips on renting with pets, Apartments.com offers a special section on its website.

Comments

Comment from bourbon square
Time January 10, 2012 at 4:58 am

Some landlords may want to think twice about turning their apartments into pet-friendly homes now that there’s an increasing demand for it in the market. It could be a source for additional income for landlords who are eager to earn. Even if they don’t ask for pet deposit, they get more renters to stay with them which means a continuous flow of income- something every landlord wants!

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