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Old 05-29-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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In case I need to rent a house I can't sell.....

Assuming you're a dog owner, what do you look for when you look for a house to rent? And what do you avoid? The inside is fine; I'm just concerned with the yard.

I have 1/3 acre, the back yard is large, fenced, lots of shade, perfect for dogs. I planted numerous trees and shrubs; it's very pretty and private, but mowing the back yard is a pain. Is this a big issue?

Bottom line from a tenant's perspective...does finding a landlord who allows dogs outweigh the drudgery of mowing with lots of stops and turns?

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Old 05-29-2008, 03:04 PM
 
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Sorry, should have put this in other forum.
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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does finding a landlord who allows dogs outweigh the drudgery of mowing with lots of stops and turns?

Thanks.
Every single time. I have an 80+ pound dog. It is hard enough to find someone who will rent to me. I could care less about mowing around a few trees.

You have the essentials that I look for, a fenced in yard and a willingness to rent to me.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: northern california
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Bottom line from a tenant's perspective...does finding a landlord who allows dogs outweigh the drudgery of mowing with lots of stops and turns?
Yes, especially since my husband does the mowing. We too look for fenced yard and a dog-friendly landlord.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: northern california
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Oh, and you'll probably get more info from the rentals board, but be sure to note dogs okay on your rental listing (though you'd want a larger security deposit!). There are some websites that specifically list properties that are dog-friendly so you could check those out too.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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No, it wouldn't be an issue to me. After living in an apt for a few years, I actually welcome the work/care that comes with a yard! I think most people like PP noted, are happy to find a dog-friendly landlord with a nice yard.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY native, now living in Houston
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I don't care about a fenced in yard .... or the mowability of it. I usually walk my dogs anyway.

As long as you are willing to rent to me with my two 12 pound dogs and the place is clean and in a nice neighborhood, I am happy camper and I will probably love you.
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Southern California desert
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Why is it that landlords will rent to folks with tons of kids, but it's hard to find one to rent to dog owners...I could see having the tenant pay a security and cleaning deposit, but I have seen kids totally destroy a home and most pets are better behaved. Just curious. That is one reason why, when our home sells, we would love to rent in our new area, but I doubt we could find anyone to rent us a decent home since we have 3 dogs....they are not puppies, they do not chew or dig....I would have no problem setting up a cleaning deposit..

Maybe that's just me..I think I would rather rent to a pet owner than someone with tons of kids. We are in southern Utah, most of the kids I see here are just running amok.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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Because you can't discriminate against kids. Dogs are not protected by law.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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Bottom line from a tenant's perspective...does finding a landlord who allows dogs outweigh the drudgery of mowing with lots of stops and turns?

Thanks.
You will be innundated with people wanting to rent your house who will be SO grateful to find a pet friendly landlord (especially large dog owners - if you say in your ad "All dogs welcome - no breed or size restrictions - must meet your dog before signing lease")

I know so many dogs have lost their homes because their owners were forced to move (such as job changes) - yet were unable to find a rental that allowed their large friendly dogs.
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