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Old 04-11-2015, 07:34 PM
 
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We are planning a move to the Billings area in August and have been doing some research (i.e. calling property management companies/apartment listings) and it seems that it is very difficult to find housing that is pet friendly. We have two cats and a lab mix dog and it is starting to seem like we will have to find housing without our dog until we can purchase a home in a year or so. I am a landlord myself and have worked in property management in the past, so I understand that not all renters with pets are reliable. Is it really so hard to find a pet friendly house/townhome in the Billings area? Any feedback on potential rentals or areas I should be searching is much appreciated! I really don't want to leave my dog behind with family just to make this move!
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:53 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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From previous experience, you'll need to find an individual landlord that is willing to do so. Usually, they aren't the type that advertise on-line but rather put a sign out in the yard saying "For Rent" and leave it at that. Usually, they own the property outright and willing to take on the extra risk for extra rent. Do you know someone in town who can look for these?

Personally, I would think the cats are the bigger issue. Cat stink is darn near impossible to get out.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:04 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I do not have friends in the area that can help look for a pet friendly rental. I read the gazette, craigslist and rental websites regularly just to get a feel for the local rental market and nearly every posting is not pet friendly. I am thinking now the answer may be to hire a headhunter, or house-hunter rather. Any suggestions on the best approach to seek out someone that may be interested I such an offer? I've contacted 5 of the various property management firms and as I understand it may be a conflict for employees there they have offered absolutely zero advice how to approach. I'm thinking somewhere around $500 to put me in contact with a landlord that leads to a signed lease. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Montana
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There's a couple of facebook groups you could try, if you FB.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210302772510764/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459802337627283/
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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There are pet-friendly rentals here, but they are not easy to find, and often are not in an area where one may wish to live. Some are in mobile home parks.
good luck.
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Old 05-24-2015, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Like mentioned, Billings is not un,-pet friendly, so much as its kind of a set standard to advertise as no pets. In many cases, if you talk to the owner and let them know about your pet, and be willing to pay an additional deposit, you'll do fine. Besides, if your pet is truly trained, the aditioal deposit is not a big deal because it won't be a big deal. For instance, I know my dog won't bark, I carry a roll of plastic bags and clean up every time she poops. Its part of being a responsible pet owner. Also, I have trained her to potty in the same little area, every time. And I live on 3 acres.
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