For you landlords that have been commenting, the only question I have is that you really wouldn't make any exception EVER to rent to someone with a dog? I do completely understand your point about how there are so many pet free tenants out there and how it's not worth the risk. But it's just such a shame that the mentality is avoid it all together rather than give someone a fucking chance. It's maddening really. I guess I'm just a pay-it-forward kind of person. I don't understand how I am able to provide every ounce of documentation and evidence that I am a responsible person/pet owner, and just because I prefer the company of a dog rather than to get knocked up 4 times and be on welfare with my kids or something, it's not okay. And it's seriously gonna take Mother Theresa to rent to me? Fucking mind blowing. Whatever, I'm done commenting on this. Nice to know what the general consensus is anyway. Thanks again people.
Thanks for all the suggestions, supportive people! I will keep my eye out on the areas you've mentioned. I do, always, offer to bring my dogs to introduce them (they would likely make a better first impression than even me; I've raised them right and have no concerns at all regarding their behavior) I always offer proof of up to date vaccinations & other vet records, I always offer a Waiver of Landlord Liability form (a WONDERFUL thing to have as a pet owner/renter - available here http://www.petzooma.com/waiver-of-responsi… ) I guess the only thing I haven't tried is showing up to a viewing without mentioning the dogs... it feels like a dirty move. I mean, I would almost have a hard time standing in front of someone and wasting their time like that (if they really don't want accommodate dogs, that is. I can't argue with the logic, I know the risks, but I believe if someone gives you every reason to believe they're a good owner you should at least consider them) But I guess if that's what it takes I'm gonna have to try it. It is a shame that so many landlords have had problems (because it kicks the shit out of the responsible, good owners such as myself who wouldn't dream of ruining someone's investment).
Whoever it was that tried to 'shed a little light' on my situation... thanks a million! I really have been struggling with why I even have a dog in the first place, so your insight really cleared that up for me. I should turn to forum trolls every time I have a passive aggressive issue I can't resolve on my own. I'm gonna go dump em at a shelter tomorrow and get myself a sweet pad now that I've finally seen the light.
Well sir, we can't all have the same aspirations and life plan can we? While you would prefer a house and a yard, I have decided I don't want to live in the same place forever, so renting suits me better. I did my research before adopting my dog, and chose a breed who doesn't require hours of exercise a day. And the second dog came along with my husband, and is 10 years old and essentially a piece of furniture. If she had a backyard at this point (which they both have had, many times in their lives) she would likely only use it for sleep purposes; at least that's what she normally does when we go to the park.
And Koda, I definitely should have bartered with this guy a little bit, at least quarterly bjs or something. We moved here from Saint John last July, and in NB the tenancy act says you can charge a full months damage deposit (it's a lot different there, hardly any leases, everything is month to month, and normally you just walk in with cash in hand and they give you a dollar store receipt and you've got an apartment; at least in SJ, I can't speak for any other city) So he charged us a full month in deposits here, claiming he was taking the usual half month and an extra half month for a 'pet deposit'. We were desperate, we'd been down here 4 times looking for a place and someone was moving into ours in Saint John at the end of that month, so we agreed to it. Now I've been fighting with him for months trying to get it back, and his douche level has gone over 9000. I hate this.
I will check out Park Vic, thank you. I can't do Highfield, it's too real for me. And I will definitely check out Oxford as well. Thanks for the feedback.
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