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Old 08-23-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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Hi. I just joined the forum.

First of all, my apologies if this topic has been started by someone else.

I'm having a hard time finding a place to live. I've got two Miniature Schnauzers which way 20 lbs. (or less). They're house trained, spayed, and neutered.

I am disabled and living on a fixed income. My ideal place would be a small cottage with all utilities paid and a small yard, but an apartment would do. I don't need much space. Anything clean and in a safe neighborhood would be great. The city/town is not that important. I've always loved Maine.

I've searched Craigslist, MaineToday.com, Rentals.com, and a couple of other newspapers.

Should I call/contact a home locator? I'm not sure what else to do. Thanks in advance. :-)
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:59 AM
 
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I have searched Craig's list and checked the box to include dog friendly. I have found dog friendly results; however, you might have to negotiate a bit since you have more than one dog. Another member GatorMama moved to Hampden in May and found a rental that allowed her two dogs.
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Out West
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That would be me, (I changed my name when I moved up here since there are no gators in Maine )

I was looking everywhere for a place that allowed pets and even though I had looked at Craigslist before, someone mentioned it and I decided to take another look.

I ended up finding a few. One said, "Will consider pets". Well, I sure did like the photos of the place and it was close to Bangor which I decided would be a good jumping off point until I learned more about the state, I called the lady and talked to her. I was in Miami at the time and I'll tell you, I had been rejected by other places BECAUSE I was not in Maine. But she gave me a chance and now I'm here, with the pooches and cats and it's quiet, clean, neighbors are great, (except one who doesn't pick up their dog doo out of the yard...grrr), town is clean, quiet and friendly and I think I found the best place ever to get started.

All through Craigslist.

So, keep trying CL. New listings constantly, check every day. If your dogs weigh under 20 pounds, it should be easier than it was for me with two dogs, one weighing 24 and the other weighing 46.

But it's doable.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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I found a rental with a 75LB dog and two cats, 2 bds with a garage and yard. I basically contacted potential rentals on criags list and let them know my situation and about my pets. I offered a pet deposit or pet rent if my pets would be welcome. When I flew in for my visit I had a list of over 12 places to check out that agreed to take them. If the ad said "don't even ask" I didn't bother But if it didn't say any thing at all I went ahead and asked. It is doable. Where there is a will there is a way. I found craigs list to be the most responsive. Rental agents wouldn't even ask the owners. Yours are small it shouldn't be a problem. I put down a $300 pet deposit for all three pets.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Shapleigh, ME
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We found our apartment on Craig's List. We have four small dogs (3 wiener's and a schnoodle) and paid $200 deposit. I believe it's a buyer's (or renter's) market now.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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We were in the same boat and found that if you talk to the person about your dogs and offered a larger deposit it was a non issue. They just wanted to know you were resonsible pet owners,
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I'm still looking and hoping to find something soon. I think the problem is that I'm on a fixed income and living in Texas. Landlords may not take me seriously or consider renting to me.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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I moved here from Alabama. I was taking a new job. While its not a fixed income, some times being paid a salary feels that way, no opportunity to make extra or overtime. Just don't use the word fixed income when inquiring. if you can afford the rents your inquiring about, your application can back that up.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Out West
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Thanks for the replies. I'm still looking and hoping to find something soon. I think the problem is that I'm on a fixed income and living in Texas. Landlords may not take me seriously or consider renting to me.
With the fixed income, obviously look in your price range but let them know that, up front. See what they say to that. If they are ok with it, then put out that you have two small dogs.

I will agree with you, it is not as easy to find a place when you're out of state. I had people saying, "No problem!" to me until they found out I was all the way down in Miami. Suddenly, the correspondence stopped. Or "the place is already rented" when it wasn't three hours before when I initially contacted them. You will face this for sure.

But keep trying. I found that the BEST responses came from people who actually own the house and are renting out the house or in my case, the gigantic house that is huge enough to be turned in to three units where each unit is like a house.

I'd also suggest trying to find one with hot water and heat included. It sounds daunting but it can be done. Just keep checking and try areas in and around where you want to live.

To be very honest with you, I had never even heard of Hampden until I started looking on Craigslist for a place to live. But, it was close to Bangor, which is what I had decided on after giving up my dream of living on the coast right now, and it's actually nice. (Some people like to make fun of it but I don't see what they are talking about.)
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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But, it was close to Bangor, which is what I had decided on after giving up my dream of living on the coast right now, and it's actually nice. (Some people like to make fun of it but I don't see what they are talking about.)
And best of all, you're only about 30 miles from the Big Chicken Barn!
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