Renting with pets

Published: April 12, 2024

Mastering Pet-Friendly Rentals: Your Guide to Renting with Pets

Renting with pets can sometimes feel like a challenge, but with the right approach, you can find a comfortable and welcoming home for both you and your furry friend. In this blog post, we'll explore some helpful tips and strategies for navigating the rental market as a pet owner, finding a pet-friendly apartment, and some tips for maintaining an apartment you share with fluffy companions.

How to find pet-friendly apartments for rent

Do your research

When looking for a rental property that allows pets, it's essential to begin your search well in advance to leave you enough time to discover all the different pet-friendly apartments for rent in your area. Many landlords and property managers have specific pet policies, for example, some buildings might only allow cats or small dogs, so starting early will give you more time to find a pet-friendly rental that meets your needs.

In some cases, you may need to be flexible in your search criteria to find a suitable pet-friendly rental. This could mean considering properties in different neighbourhoods or adjusting your budget slightly. Remember that finding the perfect home for you and your pet may require some compromise.

Narrowing down pet-friendly buildings

While searching for a pet-friendly rental property, focus on listings that explicitly mention being pet-friendly. If the building allows pets, this will often be listed in the property's, or individual suites' list of features. Looking for this can save you time and frustration during your search process.

Be honest about your pet

When contacting landlords or property managers, be upfront and honest about your pet. Provide accurate information about your pet's breed, size, and temperament. Transparency is key to building trust with potential landlords and increasing your chances of securing a pet-friendly rental.

Consider creating a "pet resume" for your furry companion. This document can include details such as your pet's age, breed, size, vaccination history, and any training or certifications they have completed. A pet resume can help showcase your pet in a positive light and reassure landlords of their suitability as tenants.

Consider additional pet fees or deposits

It is very common that when moving into an apartment with pets you may be required to pay an additional pet deposit. This can be structured as a monthly fee, or an up-front deposit, to cover any potential damages or extra cleaning expenses associated with having a pet on the property. Be prepared to budget for these additional costs when planning your move.

How to maintain an apartment with furry friends

Establish a cleaning routine

Regular cleaning is key to maintaining a tidy and hygienic living environment, especially when you have pets. Establish a cleaning routine that includes vacuuming, mopping, and dusting to remove pet hair, dander, and dirt from your apartment's surfaces. Pay special attention to areas where your pet spends the most time, such as their bedding, favourite spots on furniture, and feeding areas.

Use pet-friendly cleaning products

When cleaning your apartment, choose pet-friendly cleaning products that are safe for use around animals. Avoid products containing harsh chemicals or toxins that could be harmful to your pet's health. Look for eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning solutions specifically formulated for households with pets.

Protect your floors and furniture

Pets can be hard on floors and furniture, so take steps to protect these surfaces from damage. Consider placing rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to prevent scratches and wear on hardwood floors. Use furniture covers or throws to protect upholstery from pet hair, stains, and scratches. Trim your pet's nails regularly to minimize damage to floors and furniture.

Provide adequate toys and enrichment

Pets need mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behaviour. Provide your pet with plenty of toys, scratching posts, and interactive games to keep them entertained and engaged. This will help reduce the likelihood of your pet resorting to destructive behaviours like chewing or scratching furniture out of boredom.

Maintain regular grooming

Regular grooming is essential for keeping your pet clean and healthy, as well as reducing shedding and odours in your apartment. Brush your pet's coat regularly to remove loose hair and prevent mats from forming. Bathe your pet as needed using a gentle pet shampoo recommended by your veterinarian. Keep your pet's ears, eyes, and teeth clean to prevent infections and dental issues.

Address accidents promptly

Accidents happen, especially with pets. If your pet has an accident indoors, clean it up promptly using an enzymatic cleaner designed to neutralize pet odours and stains. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, as they can actually attract pets back to the same spot to re-mark. Thoroughly clean and disinfect any areas where accidents occur to prevent lingering odours and bacterial growth.


Boardwalk’s pet-friendly policy

Our pet-friendly rentals welcome up to two (2) of the following:

  • Domestic indoor cats
  • Dogs
  • Birds (up to a certain capacity)
  • Fish (pending tank volume)
  • No rodents or reptiles

Kindly note that all pet approvals are subject to a successful meet and greet with the Boardwalk Team. If you're considering adding a pet to your family, please reach out to your building to inquire about pet fees and to discuss and receive approval from your buildings management team.

We love to feature our furry residents with our Pet of the Month on our socials! Keep an eye on the Resident Member Portal for your pet’s chance to win Furry Friend of the Month.

Renting with pets doesn't have to be stressful. By starting your search early, being prepared, and staying honest and flexible, you can find the perfect pet-friendly rental for you and your furry companion.

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