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Tips for Renting with Pets

Posted by rentals on March 12, 2021

If you are a pet owner and rent, it’s likely you have run into issues when renting. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to give yourself plenty of time to find a place. Simply because your lease is up, you don’t want to have to pay far more rent, or not be in a desirable location because you have a pet. We suggest at least eight weeks. We’ve put together some of the best tips for renting with pets.

As we all know it all starts with being honest about having a pet. The landlord will certainly find out if you have a pet you’re secretly trying to hide, or that you have two cats instead of one. Once you have let your future Landlord know you have a pet, it’s a good idea to introduce them if needed to seal the deal. If you don’t already have a pet but would like to adopt or purchase one, make sure you have permission from your Landlord before doing so. This could cause serious problems when the time comes to bringing your furry friend home.

One of the best ways to ensure your pet will be welcome in your new home is to gather references. This can be from your vet, friends, coworkers if applicable, or community business or associates that have gotten to know you and your pet over time. Add these references to a resume you’ve developed for your animal.

Always put in writing the terms of your agreement in having a pet live with you in your new home, even if the Landlord has not. If they are still unsure, propose a trial period of it works.

Additional Tips for Renting with Pets

  1. Send photos or videos of your current rental and your pet living in it
  2. Send proof your pet is well-trained
  3. Ensure you have your pet deposit
  4. Share your social media pages if they include your pet, are public, and you are comfortable
  5. Keep your pets’ Medical records
  6. Get letter or recommendation from your vet stating your pet is in good health, vaccinated and treated for fleas
  7. Send articles on the good behavior of your breed

We hope these tips for renting with pets will provide valuable for pet owners who are getting ready to move, so you can keep on living your best life with your best furry friend!


Did you know that Riverstone is a Pet-Friendly rental building?

For more information visit

1-5140 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8

Phone: (250) 751-1223 or Email:

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