Landlords and property owners don’t always think so kindly of pets, making apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA a bit tougher than a normal search.
Here are some tips on how renters can find the perfect home for both them and their pets.
Look specifically for pet-friendly buildings
It seems obvious, but apartment hunters would save themselves from a lot of heartache if they concentrated on finding pet-friendly apartments from the outset. What you don’t want is to find an apartment you love, only to be crushed when you discover you can’t bring your pet along.
Always start a conversation
You can talk to the property manager or landlord. The number one factor that leads landlords to ban pets is fear of damage to the unit. A little assurance goes a long way.
Create a pet résumé
It may seem silly, but a ‘pet résumé’ is a great tool to show landlords that you take their concerns seriously and also answers any questions they have about your pet. Include a photo of your pet, along with its name, weight and any medical information - for example, is it spayed or neutered? Is your cat declawed? In addition to being a convenient page for property managers to reference, it also reassures the landlord you are taking this seriously.
Follow the rules
Whatever you do, don’t even think of sneaking your pet into a building where pets are forbidden. You will be breaking a contract. A lease is a legal document and not following it could lead to being fined or losing your security deposit — or even being evicted.