The downside of renting with pets
Being a pet owner and renter with pets (primarily 2 large dogs) can sometimes be a total bummer. Like today, when I fell in love at first sight.
We’ve been planning to move this summer to a house close to work. I saw this rental home today, just by accident, and I fell for it. Hard. Located in Vienna VA, where we can walk to local businesses and a farmer’s market. On a 2/3 acre lot. I can bike to work. Cost of rent is similar to that of my condo. Pets allowed. The boyfriend loves it. Seems perfect, right?
But then the file says “Owner will consider one small dog or cat with deposit.”
I’m not giving up, though. We’re going to offer a larger pet deposit than they’re asking. I’ll share my kickass references from past landlords, and hope these guys can be persuaded. I mean, I trained my dogs stand on step stools to look out of the window, because I didn’t want them to ever jump on windowsills like so many other dogs I’ve seen. They are crate trained. Charlie is a little old lady, at 12 years old. Seriously, they pose no threat to a rental home.
Update: We drove by the house after work today. It is NOT nearly as attractive as it is in the photo. Frankly, it looks pretty redneck. Branches and logs and cinderblocks and kids toys adorn the yard. The landscaping looks scraggly and the home just looks unloved. I know that’s due to the tenants’ neglect, not the landlord. However, seeing that made me even more determined. We would never, ever let our home look that way. Within weeks of moving in we’d have that house so spiffed up it could qualify for an episode of HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I just may mention that to the Realtor if I have to.