There are different challenges that can occur when searching for pet friendly apartments in Glen Allen, VA. Tragically, housing problems are one of the main reasons that pets are given up to animal shelters.
We don’t want you or your pet to become part of this statistic.
Finding a place where you and your pets are welcome may take some time and patience, but with the following steps, you can increase your chances of success. Conduct a search for apartments where pets are welcome. Give yourself as much time as possible to search. Research animal-friendly listings and Realtors.
At the very least, make sure that your lease doesn’t say “no pets allowed.” Don’t assume that you're allowed to have pets because you see other pets on the property, and don’t take anyone’s word (even that of a Realtor) that it’s OK to have pets. What matters is what's written in your lease. Make sure you get a copy of it when you sign it. If there is a pet deposit or monthly fee, make sure these are specified in writing in the lease. Sometimes the pet deposit or monthly pet fees can be discussed with the landlord and negotiated. Even if the landlord advertises “no pets,” it is worth asking if you can discuss the matter.
Put your pet's best foot forward to your potential landlord. Get a letter from your veterinarian that says your pet is up-to-date on vaccines and spayed/neutered. Invite the landlord to meet your pet. Be willing to pay a reasonable extra amount in rent or pay a refundable pet deposit.
As a tenant, you have rights. Knowing those rights can help you keep your pet if any issues arise. Review your lease. Typically if a lease does not mention pets at all, then you are allowed to have pets. Some communities and public housing authorities have laws and rules banning certain types of animals or breeds of dogs. Be sure to check if any local laws or rules are in effect, as these outweigh your lease. Contracts like leases cannot just be changed without both sides agreeing, unless there is already language in the document that allows the change. Your landlord cannot go into your apartment and remove a pet, or show up and force you or your pet out. Landlords have to follow the law and go through a legal process to remove tenants or their pets. Generally the landlord cannot even enter the home without giving the tenant notice except in an emergency, unless the lease specifies otherwise.
Make sure you have reviewed your lease before signing and be truthfully with your landlord so you and your pet have a happy long term home.