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Old 12-28-2015, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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So here is the background. I have an upcoming interview and if I get the job, I'll be relocating to Philly. The job is located on the waterfront in Fishtown. I'm looking for a safe neighborhood for my family which is my wife, 12 year old son and I. We also have 5 little dogs. I know it's a lot but they are therapy dogs for my son who has Autism but very high functioning. Here's the outline:


When are you moving? Sometime in February '16
Where are you coming from? West Palm Beach, FL
Why are you moving? Job and I miss the 4 seasons. Also miss being in or very close to a major city.
Where will you be working? Sugarhouse Casino in Fishtown I guess, on the waterfront.
Have you been here yet? Yes, very familiar, used to be in the city a few times a week for years.

Will you buy or rent? Rent
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? Doesn't matter, I would say $1200 - $1300 for 2 bedrooms.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? Doesn't matter

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? I would consider both

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married. One 12 year old son with high functioning autism
Do you prefer public or private schools? Public
Do you have pets? Yes, 5 dachshunds (wiener dogs)
Do you want or need a yard? I would love one
Are you keeping a car? Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Activity

What do you want to be closest to? Work and Activities such as museums, parks, and shopping as well.
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? I'd be cool with either one. I'm 34 year old mixed Latino and white male and my son is mixed as well because my wife is German Irish

Coke or Pepsi? Coke for sure... But I actually drink mostly water.



Any information I get would be highly appreciated. I've contemplated on a job similar to this one up in Chicago recently but I've decided to stick with an area I'm familiar with. I am from Brooklyn NY and grew up there and in NJ. Visited and hung out in philly since I was a teenager.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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So here is the background. I have an upcoming interview and if I get the job, I'll be relocating to Philly. The job is located on the waterfront in Fishtown. I'm looking for a safe neighborhood for my family which is my wife, 12 year old son and I. We also have 5 little dogs. I know it's a lot but they are therapy dogs for my son who has Autism but very high functioning. Here's the outline:


When are you moving? Sometime in February '16
Where are you coming from? West Palm Beach, FL
Why are you moving? Job and I miss the 4 seasons. Also miss being in or very close to a major city.
Where will you be working? Sugarhouse Casino in Fishtown I guess, on the waterfront.
Have you been here yet? Yes, very familiar, used to be in the city a few times a week for years.

Will you buy or rent? Rent
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? Doesn't matter, I would say $1200 - $1300 for 2 bedrooms.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? Doesn't matter

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? I would consider both

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married. One 12 year old son with high functioning autism
Do you prefer public or private schools? Public
Do you have pets? Yes, 5 dachshunds (wiener dogs)
Do you want or need a yard? I would love one
Are you keeping a car? Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Activity

What do you want to be closest to? Work and Activities such as museums, parks, and shopping as well.
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? I'd be cool with either one. I'm 34 year old mixed Latino and white male and my son is mixed as well because my wife is German Irish

Coke or Pepsi? Coke for sure... But I actually drink mostly water.



Any information I get would be highly appreciated. I've contemplated on a job similar to this one up in Chicago recently but I've decided to stick with an area I'm familiar with. I am from Brooklyn NY and grew up there and in NJ. Visited and hung out in philly since I was a teenager.
Have you looked at all in Fishtown itself?
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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I think the biggest issue will be trying to find a place that takes 5 dogs
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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I think the biggest issue will be trying to find a place that takes 5 dogs

Generally, I agree with this. But if they're therapy dogs and he has the paperwork for them, a landlord would not be able to discriminate per the Fair Housing Act. But 5 seems excessive.


OP: With the animals, you may be better off renting a house from someone rather than a condo/apartment in a building.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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Agree with Becca8377. Having rented in Philly not many years ago, with 2 cats, I can attest to the difficulty. Unless you can buy a home, Or the place is difficult to rent out due to its condition or the neighborhood, I can't imagine anyone being willing to rent to someone with five dogs. From my experience.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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Generally, I agree with this. But if they're therapy dogs and he has the paperwork for them, a landlord would not be able to discriminate per the Fair Housing Act. But 5 seems excessive.


OP: With the animals, you may be better off renting a house from someone rather than a condo/apartment in a building.
I would be very surprised if all 5 were official legal therapy dogs. OP may just be using the term without them *actually* being therapy dogs (that happens all too often).

I have 3 dogs so I know the struggle. Agree that a house from a private landlord would be the best scenario for something like this.


ETA - based on OP's previous threads, he makes no mention of them being therapy dogs. Unfortunately just calling a dog a therapy dog doesn't make it so, and there are certain legalities to go through to get this title.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Generally, I agree with this. But if they're therapy dogs and he has the paperwork for them, a landlord would not be able to discriminate per the Fair Housing Act. But 5 seems excessive.


OP: With the animals, you may be better off renting a house from someone rather than a condo/apartment in a building.

Also, the Fair Housing Act requires the landlord to make a "reasonable accommodation" for therapy pets. 5 pets is NOT reasonable.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Your right, I have not previously mentioned them being therapy dogs. I don't have the paperwork yet, and yes 5 is excessive. We had two and then the female had puppies and we ended up keeping them because we got attached to each other. It is what it is I guess. I know usually it's a 2 pet max, if it comes down to it we would have to re-home 3 of them although my son would be devastated. They are also all small... 15 lbs being the heaviest. They could all fit in one large suitcase lol.

Anyway, let's say that I get it down to 2 dogs. What would the recommendations be?
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