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7 Questions Gainesville Tenants Should Ask Themselves Before Adopting a Pet

Woman Holding a Rescue DogAdopting a pet can feasibly be an enjoyable affair. However, since you are renting, maintaining a pet might cause many predicaments when it concerns searching for a new home. Multiple single-family rental properties in Gainesville can seem to be best for a furry family member. On the other hand, landlords and/or property owners may probably not be as excited in terms of the opportunity of retaining animals on their property.

Anecdotes over irresponsible tenants are plentiful, giving otherwise responsible pet-owning tenants a dreadful reputation. This lack of enthusiasm for pets in rental homes suggests that there are lots of aspects to think about prior to deciding to adopt. In asking yourself these seven questions, you may secure the right view of how adopting a pet will transform any or all facets of your life.

1.      Does your landlord and/or lease allow pets? If so, what are the restrictions?

As a tenant, the first and most crucial question to bring up when deliberating about adopting a pet is whether or not you would be authorized to bring home your pet. Quite a lot of landlords are open to allowing pets, but still many others have strictly banned all animals from the premises. Most leases will clearly state which practice your particular landlord leans. If your lease allows pets, read it carefully for some other restrictions on animal type, size, breed, and so on. You may as well consider local regulations for rules about keeping animals in your particular neighborhood. If, in any case, you have any suspicions, ask questions in order to be clear about it first. The penalties for getting nabbed with an unauthorized pet would be heavy.

2.      Do you or anyone living in your rental home have allergies?

There are millions of pet owners who determine somewhat far too late that they are allergic to their own pet. As mentioned by the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma, and Immunology), pet dander, saliva, and urine can all trigger allergic reactions and also aggravate asthma symptoms. If you or someone living in your rental home has allergies or other respiratory issues, maintaining a pet in your living quarters would seriously impact your health. At the very least, you would expect specialized treatment for your symptoms, which would increase the financial burden of pet ownership.

3.      Do you have a yard or enough space for a pet?

Pets need space to play, explore, and live their lives. This is real whether your pet is very small or very large. When adopting a pet, weigh closely whether your rental home could be organized to provide the spaces your pet will need to maintain a healthy life. For illustration, dogs need access to a safe, secure yard (or another designated area) to do their business. Generally speaking, the bigger the pet, the more space you’ll need.

4.      Are you home enough to care for it?

The thought of adopting a pet may appear nice, on the other hand, if your job or other commitments keep you away from home for several hours or demand for you to travel habitually, adopting a pet may not be a good idea. Pets require constant care and attention, and when left unaccompanied very often they can get uncontrollable and form unhealthy and destructive habits. A bored or anxious animal can destroy furniture, bedding, and other household items, and dogs may become a nuisance by barking excessively. The solution is to spend time interacting with your pet, making them used to engaging with you both mentally and physically.

5.      Do you have a backup plan for when life gets busy?

Traveling after adopting a pet may be a real problem. If anything transpires or you plan a trip that mandates you to be away from home for a period of time, you might need to have a backup plan for animal care. Several places may grant you permission to bring your animals with you, but traveling with your pet can induce them to be nervous and worried. In the event of an emergency, you will have to have backup care for your pet, whether it is a friend or family member or a pet care service.

6.      Are you financially ready for a pet?

The cost of owning a pet doesn’t end with the adoption fees. Animals need regular medical attention and, for many, routine grooming as well. If your animal gets sick or is injured, you must be able to secure the funds to pay for emergency medical care which can easily run into thousands of dollars for just one incident. Some of the financial aspects of owning a pet are more particularly involved in your status as a tenant. Many landlords charge additional fees and/or higher rent for tenants who want to keep a pet on the property. But definitely, these extra costs won’t cover much to pay back the potential property damage your pet might cause, which you will in all probability, need to pay out of pocket. For this reason, checking for sure you are financially ready to adopt a pet is another most essential detail to know.

7.      Are you prepared to care for your pet for the next 5 to 10 years (or more)?

Several pets can live for a long time. What this suggests for pet owners who rent is that you will have this pet with you for 5 to 10 years or even longer. Taking a bit of time to think over on your goals for the future and how a pet might factor into those purposes is a necessary part of making the right resolution now.

In Conclusion

Any given time you’ve answered each of these questions or issues and figure out yourself as being able to adopt a pet, don’t go right out and procure one. First, spend time to communicate with your landlord or Gainesville property manager to guarantee that they are kept abreast of your motives and can make any inevitable amendments to the regulations of your lease.

Are you looking to rent a home from Real Property Management Diversified? Lots of our rental properties allow pets. Browse our rental listings and give us a call at 352-854-2221 to schedule a showing.

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