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Old 08-21-2013, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by KWPN View Post
Charlestown near the Navy Yard seems to be quite dog-friendly.
Yeh but no access to the T, there is Ferry access though.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Maroon197 View Post
Everyone I know who has a dog (which is actually very few people) had an extremely hard time finding an apartment. And when they did, there was usually a major issue with the apartment that would have otherwise made them turn the apartment down. That said, judging from the ridiculous amount of yellow spots all over the snow banks and sidewalks in the winter, it's clear some people make it work.
Who says those yellow spots are from dogs? JK.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Cantabridgienne View Post
It can be tough, because MA rental laws don't allow a landlord to collect any deposit beyond the standard security deposit--"pet fees" aren't allowed by law.

I would try to go the small landlord route as opposed to a building that is managed by an independent company, which will likely have a blanket weigh policy.
I was just curious about whether you have any specific statute - I have been shocked to find that landlords everywhere from Somerville to Acton to Newton charge "pet rent," anywhere from $50-100 a month. I have a dog that I consider medium-size but most consider large (70 lb Lab mix) and have found it nearly impossible to find a place to rent, never mind avoid the extra charge I consider illegal.

I have seen/heard the argument that it should be illegal because, by law, the landlord is only allowed to charge for occupancy. I have lived in many other places, including NYC and Los Angeles -- and MA is the first time I have seen this phenomenon. I have also worked as a real estate agent in Boston area, and was frustrated by not being able to find any rentals that would even consider a pet, even more expensive rentals, and especially a dog over 20 lbs.

Thanks for any insight you can offer!
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