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Q: What can WE do about pet limits in apartments and mobile home parks?

April 3, 2009 | By Vicki | 8 answers | Expired: 1929 days ago

Vicki

I was in this situation once, years ago, & had no choice but to take 2 dogs to the local humane society because I went thru divorce & had no choice but to buy a cheap mobile home. I was aloud only one pet. (I kept Emmy). Why are WE allowing them to run our lives like this? Is there anything WE can do to change this private policy??? Who knows, I might end up in this same situation again. Hope not!

Cindy, You said it...a way to prove ourselves responsible pet owners. Why can't they let us do that? How could we possibly get that through their heads? Maybe a 2 month probationary period and get good/bad reports from neighbors. I think I would do that if I were a landlord.

Thank you all for your interesting answers!

I've heard on the news that shelters are filling up do to foreclosures but one of the reasons is...they've had to revert to renting where the landowner's do not accept pets. It isn't neccesarily because they can't afford to feed & care for their animals. This is terrible! The've already lost so much but then, to have get rid of their animals too???? Some people just don't understand!!

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Onlybadowners
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Apr 14, 2009

Landlords have an incentive to protect their property from destruction. Tenants, generally speaking, don't have much more than the loss of their security deposit. Also, if a landlord permits a dog, and that dog bites someone on their property, they can be liable. It's not an injustice or cruelty thing. From a purely economic standpoint, landlords have all the reason in the world to ban or limit pets.
Pets are a privilege. The cost of owning a home or finding a pet-friendly rental is just one more thing on the list of reasons that they are a very expensive commitment. They are totally worth it, of course. However, we see more and more people bring in thin and sick pets that they haven't been able to afford the care for but have kept despite their losses. There is also something to be said for making a realistic assessment of your situation and deciding to bring in the pet when it is still healthy enough to have shot at another home. It's just a really tough time.

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Meg S.
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Apr 07, 2009

Knowing many people who own apartment complexes, I can understand why they either limit or ban pets. It is disgusting how many of the residents destroy their apartments and allow their dogs to be a constant disruption.
My sister lived in a complex that required an additional pet deposit and were VERY strict about following their rules.
I agree with limiting the number of pets to one or two and requiring a sizeable deposit.

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Nick & Ashlee K.
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Apr 05, 2009

i cant even tell you how hard it was for my boyfriend and i to find an apartment in los angeles. it didnt really matter what city just one that was close to his work. but we did find an apartment complex, i have seen several pit bulls and even a ST BERNARD!!! usually only small dogs are allowed because of a weight limit but this place it very pet friendly.

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Cindy C.
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Apr 03, 2009

I can cetainly understand your frustration. I've never been a home owner but had pets the last 10 years and have had to move around constantly so I know what a struggle it is to find apartments, townhomes, ect that allow pets. I think it is so discouraging and its sad because a lot of irresponsible pet owners ruin it for others. I know as an owner I would be reluctant to allow pets because I've seen how some pet owners let their pets completely trash their house! I wish there was a way to prove yourself as a responsible pet owner to landlords so they could ease up on this a bit maybe. Its so hard to find places that allow pets as it is.

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Jean K.
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Apr 03, 2009

Hi Vicki,

This is a good question. We moved to the townhouse community we live in now because pets are allowed here. When we moved in I had two dogs and one cat. I never let the cat out and followed the leash laws and always cleaned up after the dogs. Most of the people who live here are just like me and are responsible pet owners.

Now the down side of this. My next door neighbor moved in about 18 months ago and has a large aggressive dog that she lets run loose when she thinks nobody is looking. It has scared the daylights out of an older lady who was trying to get her mail. It attacked my old Danny Boy in our own garage when we were returning from a walk and there have been lots of other incidents like this. It actually bit one neighbor on the ankle but she didn't report it so there was nothing done. Most of the neighbors now walk with Direct Stop spray. I've had to use it twice on this dog. It has made me understand why dogs are banned in so many places and why only small dogs are allowed. The police and animal control have been called but they can't do anything unless they catch the dog outside off leash. The owner is very crafty and has been able to fool the authorities.

It is a bad problem and it may cause the community board to do the thing I don't want done which is ban dogs. It is this one bad owner which may ruin it for all the nice people and dogs who live here.

I am on the board and will not vote for a pet ban and will argue against it, but if people are not able to walk outside comfortably I may lose the fight. I am sure that when pets are banned or limited there is a reason and there is probably little or nothing that can be done to change those rules. I am very glad you don't have to live anywhere like that anymore.

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a w.
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Apr 03, 2009

This policy is a bad one, but from the owner of the apt. building or land that your rent property insurance wont cover large animals or even certain breeds.. i lived in an apt. 2 yrs ago and the weight limit was 25 lbs.. it sucks for everyone involved

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Jayke
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Apr 03, 2009

It is unfortunate (in my city, you'll be lucky to find an apartment that accepts cats, and I've never seen one advertised that accepts dogs), but in the end, a lot of animals are destructive, and since they own the building, they can make their own rules.

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Hefferisdabomb
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Apr 03, 2009

I am sorry to hear this. I hate how apartments and other homes have a policy about how many pets. But some people let the pet damage the home. But i think it sucks too.

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