Finding a Pet-Friendly Apartment Can Be a Total Bear!


With Guest Dlogger, Leroy Brown

This week’s news included crazy weather reports, serious threats to the Pope and a slurry of the latest trends strutting down New York Fashion Week runways. But let’s hone in on one of the really important issues: the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records has released its winners, including: the dog with the longest tongue in the world!

Measuring in at 4.5 inches, Puggy the Pekingese takes the prize!

Whether your dog/cat/snake/trout/etc. is a Guinness World Record winner or not, finding a pet-friendly apartment in a pet-loving city can be quite a project. From a landlord’s perspective it is easy to understand why one might balk at allowing pets in their rentals: pets claw, chew, strew, and drag things into an apartment with the same vehemence as they claw their way into our hearts. However, according to the Humane Society of the United States, 39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog, and 33 percent of households own at least one cat. Pet owners make up a huge percentage of potential renters – and landlords are catching on.

Still, pet owners have to jump through a lot of hoops and face fierce competition in order to land an apartment. In San Francisco, we are often required to submit pet resumes and letters of recommendation just to be considered for a lease! I’m sure that if it were possible, they’d run a credit check on our pets as well. We are very interested in hearing about pet-related apartment issues in YOUR city – please share!


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