Adulting sucks. We have to constantly make impossible life decisions, pay bills, do dishes and sit in traffic every day to and from work. It’s not fun. I want to be a kid again. I want to do whatever I want and I want to get a dog. Is that too much to ask?
Recently I asked my landlord if I could get a dog and she responded with a stern no faster than you can say, “dog.” Real buzz kill. What’s up with this though? Are there justifiable reasons these landlords don’t want dogs on their properties? I need to know! I did a little research and here’s what I found:
- Dogs are known to be messy
They carry dirt, they scratch walls, they shed and they stink. Property owners don’t want to pay for that major cleanup after you leave.
- Dogs are noisy
They can bark at all times of the day and could potentially create a hostile environment with other tenants.
- Pets without potty training are a major issue
Paying to clean an apartment that stinks of dog pee can cost hundreds of dollars.It’s not worth it for many property owners.
- A pet deposit wouldn’t cover the major damage dogs create
Usually the pet deposit is somewhere between 500-1000 dollars but that won’t cover pee stained carpets, chewed walls, broken appliances and foul odor removal.
- Some renters don’t clean up after their pets
The build up of pet dander and hair can wear on the property.
I know not all dogs will behave like this, so before moving into an apartment show your landlord your dog is different from the rest. Maybe they’ll fall in love with your dog and let you move in. Whatever you do, don’t sneak a dog into your apartment.
Your landlord will find out and most likely evict you. If you REALLY want a dog, move out. Dog friendly apartments are better anyways.
Here’s what your dog’s breed says about you: