It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

In The Dog House

Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 3:36 PM
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  • I hope that area landlords will read this blog and consider your suggestion.

    Spencer is one of the worst possible for finding a pet friendly rental property. When my only pet was a neutered cat, front de-clawed, I could not find one place that would rent to me...except one woman offered me a $1,000 NON-refundable deposit option, which I was starting to consider simply to keep him with me. I would have been willing to pay an additional fee per month, or even a hefty deposit (a refundable one that is).

    Now, I have two dogs and two cats. One dog is my boyfriend's dog, and one dog is my own that I adopted just over a year ago from the shelter. I waited my whole life to get a dog until I was somewhere that would allow pets...and somewhere I would be for a long, long time, if not permanently.

    I've lived in my rental house for over two years now. We have made several improvements to it at our own expense. My current landlord is now starting the process of selling her rental properties...which could mean devastation for myself. You see, I'm not able to purchase my own home. I know there is not one landlord in this area that would allow the pets that I have in their property...and why? I pay my rent every month, I've never damaged/destroyed any property, my animals are all 100% house broke. WHY will no landlord consider me as a tenant in spite of all listed as well as that I have references going back 18 years?

    It is ridiculous to exclude potential tenants just because they own a pet. Heck, most pet owners I know keep their homes up better than those without pets...because, as you said, we are desperate to keep our pets.

    -- Posted by simonsays77 on Tue, Mar 4, 2014, at 3:59 PM
  • I truly hope landlords in Spencer read this blog Stephanie. It is excellent.

    Our home that we just bought was rented out on a month to month basis to a family while the home was on the market. When we bought the house, one of our requirements was the house be professionally cleaned. The bill was over $1200.00! These people KNEW they were renting a home that was newly prepped for sale, and they trashed it within months. They HAVE NO INDOOR PETS. Assess future renters on the PEOPLE, and not on their PETS. Please.

    -- Posted by SEPRCharlie on Tue, Mar 4, 2014, at 6:20 PM
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