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Old 03-14-2013, 10:40 PM
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Anyone else hate apartment hunting?

So I'm moving to a new area (the SF Bay area, the most expensive and tightest rental market in the US) and I've been looking at ads for rent online. I find it so depressing that virtually all of them say no pets (saw one allowing cats). I'd rather rent a house with a yard but I can't find any being advertised.
I've been living in a house with my dog so I'm worried that being forced to take an apartment will make barking an issue (my dog sometimes barks at sounds outside like car doors or talking or knocking).

Anybody else had to look for a new place lately and had any luck getting around the dog prejudice of landlords/complexes?
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:22 PM
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What if you offered an extra deposit and wrote into the lease you'd be responsible for all damages done by your dog if any? I have no clue as I own my own house and plan to never move.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:45 PM
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What if you offered an extra deposit and wrote into the lease you'd be responsible for all damages done by your dog if any? I have no clue as I own my own house and plan to never move.
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The tenant being responsible for all damages beyond normal wear and tear (by their dog or themselves) is always in a lease. I'd have expected an extra deposit anyway. The advertisements say "no pets/dogs/animals" so it seems the landlord/manager is already prejudiced and wouldn't even listen to me telling them that my dog doesn't chew, has never done any damage to property or furniture or even had a single accident.
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Sometimes if your dog has a canine good citizen certificate and/or a recommendation from another landlord, that can help. And when you move in, perhaps you can bring cookies and/or beer to your neighbors as a "I'm sorry, my dog may take a month or so to get use to being in a apartment and I'll be training them to be quiet" can help ease complaints. My mom's dogs always bark at outside noises and the first two weeks she was traveling were terrible, but now the dogs are use to being in strange hotels and hearing weird noises, so they ignore them.
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Here ya go, you can change your rent price range there at the side too: http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartm...isco/pets-4ib/

Hope you find a place, I hate how many places say "no pets" and not "no kids!"
My dog is cleaner and quieter than about 70% of the kids I see... lolz

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I think one thing that might help is to set up a doggy interview with the landlord if they are worried so they can see how clean, friendly and well behaved the dog is. Offer to let them come see your house if your comfortable with that and they can see that you are clean and the dog doesn't/hasn't ruined your home. Recommendations written by past landlords, references.. ect

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I think one thing that might help is to set up a doggy interview with the landlord if they are worried so they can see how clean, friendly and well behaved the dog is. Offer to let them come see your house if your comfortable with that and they can see that you are clean and the dog doesn't/hasn't ruined your home. Recommendations written by past landlords, references.. ect
I would be sooo screwed. Not that the house has been torn apart or anything, but Bree is loud and mean-sounding when she meets most strangers at our house. She'd probably be labeled a dangerous dog - better hope I don't have to move!
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Sometimes if your dog has a canine good citizen certificate and/or a recommendation from another landlord, that can help. And when you move in, perhaps you can bring cookies and/or beer to your neighbors as a "I'm sorry, my dog may take a month or so to get use to being in a apartment and I'll be training them to be quiet" can help ease complaints. My mom's dogs always bark at outside noises and the first two weeks she was traveling were terrible, but now the dogs are use to being in strange hotels and hearing weird noises, so they ignore them.
We posted at the same time. I LOVE that idea!
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After a few weeks of torturous hunting, I finally signed a lease this weekend and am in the process of moving right now. Hang in there! You'll find something!

I don't envy you trying to find an apartment, though. I rented a house. An apartment would have been completely impossible for me. Best of luck to you! Keep us updated!
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I have a friend who availed the services of CorpRental. I guess they find the house/apartment for you. So that would be less hassle on your part.
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If it were me I'd check craigslist for houses even if I had to drive a bit to work. I hate sharing walls and outdoor space and house landlords are usually easier to convince to allow dogs than management companies who run apartment complexes are.
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