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Old 06-25-2017, 05:13 PM
Location: New Hampshire
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I know in 2017 in this society that many people worship pets. Most landlords do not, though, and they don't want to deal with them. It's a tight rental market and they get to pick and choose who they want in their unit so they have the luxury of not even considering pet owners.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:45 AM
Location: MA/NH
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Originally Posted by NorthernSkysGuy View Post
Renting with pets is rough.

We're at the point of wondering what the heck we're going to do--an out of state move fell through and now we have about a month to get a place with our 50 lb. dog.

Landlords are really inflexible, too.
At least you have the means to build a place.

Good luck.
And are you now looking for a long term rental? You are posting in a short term rental thread.
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:38 PM
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Dogs (cats too!) can do an incredible amount of damage in a relatively short time and if a landlord doesn't have to deal with that additional risk, they won't. Indoor urination/spraying, feces, vomit, chewing, digging/scratching, etc. all rdeuce the value of property. Many pet owners refuse to use crates when they are at work all day, so a bored /frustrated and/or nervous dog may resort to damaging behavior , which usually doesn't get reported to the landlord for fear that they may be asked to rehome the pet,

The other issue is homeowners insurance. Non-owner occupied property insurance is much more costly than owner-occupied, and many insurance companies simply won't write a policy for investment property that accepts pets, period. People who are much smarter than I (actuaries) run numbers and see trends that companies base decisions on, and show that dogs owned by renters are more likely to cause bodily harm than dogs owned by property owners. Is this because of breed selection? Lifestyle? Lack of training and socialization? They wouldn't get into specifics with me (this was a Continuing Ed class that I took on Property Insurance a year or two ago...It interested me because long long ago, I was heavily involved with dogs on many levels: boarding & training, showing in breed and obedience rings, vet tech/reception andprofessional grooming. I don't agree with their 'banned breed list' ( whoever heard of a vicious Siberian Husky?) BUT it's not up to the property owner--they can actually have their insurance cancelled if a tenant has a dog without permission and that dog harms somebody and causes a claim. Not fair to the property owner, that's for sure!

It IS possible to rent with dogs, though much more diffucult to find a place... I was able to rent a house with my 2 protection-trained GSDS *I didn't mention that* but did show the landlord their Canine Good Citizen certificates, their CDX obedience titles, their letters of reference from the veterinarian, etc. We dealt with a private owner, offered an extra month security deposit, put it into writing that he could check the property for damage on a weekly basis, and offered to cover any additiinal insurance coat. I was proactive and overcame objections before they were raised. Granted, that was a LONG TIME AGO (20+ years of poodles instead of Shepherds) but yes, it IS possible (relocating without my dogs was NOT an option...)

Originally Posted by NorthernSkysGuy View Post
I rented at one place when we moved in NH a few years back and he told me to ask for pet deposit/pet rent is illegal in NH. He owned several properties and also was a contractor. He did not charge us for our dog but he also never fixed major issues like electric and heating so...

This other place I live in charges per pet per month.

Weird, some of these laws are really strange.

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