Pets and the Apartment Hunt


3 Comments so far

  1. Ryan (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 10:59 am

    I have a small dog and have been in the same position, also being very picky. However, I called many of the ads that say no pets, and most of them said they would allow a cat or small dog. I think most people put it as a preference, but it’s amazing how many people say yes if you ask.

    Another good idea is to offer an additional Pet Deposit, and include a pet resume that basically has vet records indicating they’re healthy and any references from past landlords. It seems like a little much but it also shows people that you’re a responsible pet owner and person.

    Good luck.

  2. sophia (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

    this problem is easy, if you’re coming downtown/West End! I found this out before moving here. Go to Bosley’s pet store on Davie and ask them for the list of pet-friendly apartments in the area. It’s listed by street address and has comments about whether cat-only, or dog-friendly, etc. They keep the list quite up-to-date and I’ve moved here twice always using a current version of the list it’s been easy to find alternative pet-friendly places.
    Another option, if you really want to cheat, is to loan your cats out for 2 weeks to a friend. You don’t have a cat. Sign your lease. Then acquire a couple of pets- say those 2 cute ones that your friend has? New vancouver residency law says that landlords can’t kick you out for Getting a pet. They can refuse to rent to you because you have one before you move in, but if the pet moves in later, there’s legally nothing they can do. Interesting factoid.

  3. tammy (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 8:54 am


    I’m in a similar position, but am looking in Vancouver. I have an older de-clawed cat, and want to find something to settle in. I have found several places that will accept pets – but – for me they’ve typically been smaller than I can handle. I would advise you to call places, ask about them, then ask about the cats – some (not a lot) places seem open after you’ve spoken to them, then ask if they would consider tenants with cats.

    I get frustrated too – I am a responsible pet owner and a good tenant – I have references from everywhere I’ve rented. On the flipside I can also understand why landlords don’t allow pets. Some people aren’t and they either cause a lot of damage, or have smells coming out of their place. It’s a way for them to mitigate risk of damage or trouble (although I think bad tenants can cause lots of damage and trouble without pets!)

    Best of luck on your quest for a new home!

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