Trouble Finding A Place To Rent Because Of Your Dog?
If you are having trouble finding a place to rent because of your dog, Einhorn Insurance has 4 Tips that may help.
1) Get Dog Liability Insurance
Dog liability insurance can be very reasonable and covers bodily injury and property damage your pets may cause. Landlords are worried that they will be sued if your dog bites or hurts another person or animal.
A dog liability policy will show a landlord that your insurance will step in and cover the unintentional actions of your dog(s). Einhorn Insurance also suggests you tell the landlord they can be listed as an Additional Insured on the policy. As an additional insured, they will be notified if your policy ever lapses for non-payment or cancels.
To get a quote on insurance to cover your dog(s), please visit Dog Liability Insurance and click the GET A QUOTE button. Our dog liability policies cover all dog breeds including Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Staffordshire Terriers, Huskies..etc.
2) Create A Dog Resume
The goal of the Dog Resume is to highlight all the positive things about you and your dogs. The more personal you can make it, the better. Let your perspective landlord get to know you and create a personal connection.
Einhorn Insurance strongly recommends you check out Save A Bull’s quick and easy Dog Resume Builder – Click Here to Create a Dog Resume
Some things you may want to include about yourself:
- What you do for work.
- Why you love this specific rental. Landlords love it when you compliment their property.
- Do you do any volunteer work?
- What organizations are you affiliated with?
- Talk about how you obey dog laws within your city, town, county and/or state. Discuss these laws and describe how you follow them.
Some things you may want to include about your dog(s):
- How long have you had them?
- How old are they?
- Are they potty trained and if so, how long have they been potty trained.
- Talk about how they are not just dogs, but family members.
- Let them know you carry dog liability insurance.
- Are you willing to provide a larger pet deposit?
- Did you rescue your dogs and have they been behavior tested?
- What do your dogs like to do for fun?
- Does your dog have a favorite food, toy or treat?
- Do they go for yearly check-ups?
- How often do they get flea treatments?
3) Put Together A Portfolio About Your Dog
A portfolio about you and your dog(s) shows your prospective landlord that you’re an organized and responsible person. A portfolio will also show that your dog isn’t just a “dog,” but also a part of your family. Save A Bull’s Dog Resume Builder will help put this package together for you, and provide you with additional resources to help make your dog an appealing tenant.
Here are a few items to include in your portfolio:
- A Dog Resume
- Letters from your vet and/or dog trainer about your dog.
- Vet records showing they are spayed, neutered and are up to date on shots.
- Any paperwork showing your dog has attended training or if they have a Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
- Letter from a past landlord saying what great tenants you make. If they don’t want to write a letter, ask if they can be used as a reference.
- Breed Statistics from the American Temperament Test Society showing your dog’s breed scores much higher than other breeds. http://atts.org/breed-statistics/
- A prescription from a doctor showing your dog is a therapy dog, emotional support dog or service dog. You can even get your dog registered on the National Service Animal Registry and show the landlord their service dog vest and Service Animal ID Card. http://www.nsarco.com/index.html A landlord IS NOT allowed to ask what your disability is or why you need a service animal. You do not need to disclose this if you don’t want to.
4) Is Your Dog A Service Dog or Emotional Support Dog?
Your dog may qualify as a Service Dog or Emotional Support Dog.
According to the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities (whether these disabilities are visible or can’t be seen), have the right to keep emotional support animals, even when a landlord’s policy explicitly prohibits pets. To read more about Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs and to see if you qualify, check out Emotional Support, Service and Therapy Dogs. Additionally, you are not required to disclose your disability.
By following the above suggestions, you may have a much easier time to rent with your dog. We hope this helps keep your family together!
If you have found dog friendly or Pit Bull friendly housing, please let us know so we can help others.