Dog-friendly apartments in Boston hard to find
Jun 2011 27

Have you been searching for a Boston apartment for yourself, and maybe your dog?

Chances are, you’ve had some difficulty.

Many times, landlords don’t want pets in their units. They are certainly within their legal rights to do so. Even though many people have pets and are good owners, landlords can point to bad tenants who have let their dogs and cats destroy common hallways.

The solution if you can’t find an apartment that accepts pets is to buy, instead. Of course, not everyone has the option or desire to do so.

The New York Times had an article over the weekend about a couple who owned a co-op in the city and who decided to rent out their current home while renting another, larger place somewhere else. Not only did they have trouble finding a pet-friendly apartment building, they found it hard to rent out their co-op, since their building’s rules forbid renters from having dogs or cats. Owners could, just not renters. This isn’t that uncommon.

Almost always, condo buildings allow pets. It used to be less common but as dog ownership has increased over the years, many buildings have modified their condo docs.

If you’re looking to rent an apartment, it’s best to find out ahead of time the pet policies. Too many times, it’s not brought up until too late. Heartbreak results.

Please let me know if I can help.

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