Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > General Forum for cats and dogs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old June 4th, 2007, 01:04 PM
LM1313's Avatar
LM1313 LM1313 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 819
Convincing an apartment manager to allow dogs: how?

My apartment lease allows cats but not dogs . . . I'd really like to have a dog again. What can I do to convince my apartment manager?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old June 4th, 2007, 01:07 PM
happycats's Avatar
happycats happycats is offline
Senior Contributor
Hexxagon Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ontario
Posts: 4,665
Offer him a "damage deposit" telling him that he gets to keep it when you leave if your dog does any damage (to be returned to you if the dog doesn't)


Money always talks!
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What is man without beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.

~~Chief Seattle (Duwamish tribe)~~
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old June 4th, 2007, 01:21 PM
SableCollie's Avatar
SableCollie SableCollie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 944
It also helps sometimes to assure the landlord that the dog will be spayed/neutered, have its shots, you will take it to obedience classes, and you will always "scoop the poop". Sometimes they feel more comfortable if you crate the dog when you are not home. Usually their main concerns are destruction to the apartment, constant barking, jumping on or otherwise bothering other tenants, and dog poop being left on the grounds. You have to explain how you will prevent all of these problems, and offering a bit of money can help!

Good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old June 4th, 2007, 01:39 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
I agree with both Happycats and SableCollie. The only problem is, is that if he allows you to have a dog, then he will be setting a precedent for others who may not be as good an owner as you are. But, it's definitely worth a try. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old June 4th, 2007, 02:15 PM
mummummum's Avatar
mummummum mummummum is offline
-
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: The Hammer
Posts: 8,534
If they are still hemming and hawing, you may want to construct a very simple agreement laying out what you agree to do ie. poop n' scoop, leashing, obedience classes. But, stay away from including any consequences ie. eviction or termination of tenancy, explaining that these are already covered in the terms of your lease and whatever residential tenancy legislation exists in your state.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old June 4th, 2007, 02:48 PM
~michelle~ ~michelle~ is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: london, ON
Posts: 1,256
some pet insurance companies cover your pet if they cause any damage to the property. mine does and they sent me a letter to use for all future landlords
__________________
Maggie - lil black cat
Moe- Fluffy Orange kitty
Braxton- Rescues britany cross
Logan - Rescued Husky cross
Aiden- Rescued husky cross
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old June 4th, 2007, 03:07 PM
LM1313's Avatar
LM1313 LM1313 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 819
Thanks for the suggestions, guys! One person in the complex does have a small dog right now. She lived there with the dog before the complex was sold to the current manager, who changed the rules to no dogs, but since she already had the dog, she got to keep it. I don't know why he changed the rule, but I'll ask and see if I can work around it.

You know, I do have renters insurance, I wonder if it covers pet damages at all.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old June 4th, 2007, 03:09 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
Hope you can convince him. Good luck and let us know what he says.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old June 4th, 2007, 07:08 PM
Frenchy's Avatar
Frenchy Frenchy is offline
-
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Quebec
Posts: 30,227
A deposit , yep , money talks. Hope this works out for you.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old June 4th, 2007, 10:06 PM
~michelle~ ~michelle~ is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: london, ON
Posts: 1,256
maybe references from current neighbours about how thedog is not a disturbance as well
__________________
Maggie - lil black cat
Moe- Fluffy Orange kitty
Braxton- Rescues britany cross
Logan - Rescued Husky cross
Aiden- Rescued husky cross
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old June 5th, 2007, 12:38 PM
LM1313's Avatar
LM1313 LM1313 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 819
I didn't get a chance to ask him yesterday, so I'm going to do it tonight. *crosses fingers*
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old June 5th, 2007, 12:50 PM
happycats's Avatar
happycats happycats is offline
Senior Contributor
Hexxagon Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ontario
Posts: 4,665
GOOD LUCK !!
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What is man without beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.

~~Chief Seattle (Duwamish tribe)~~
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old June 6th, 2007, 09:54 PM
i_have_too_many's Avatar
i_have_too_many i_have_too_many is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Dunnville, Ontario
Posts: 170
Someone told me once that a landlord can not tell you that you are not allowed to have a pet, something about a prejudice? Apparantly there is a law somewhere about this and even though it is their building, they can not keep you from having pets.

Dont quote me on this but that is just what someone told me once. I would rather go about it another way though instead of rustling up trouble with the land-lord. I would think if you can type up an agreement that you both decide is fair, and both sign it, you should be ok. But include EVERYTHING that may come up. Size of dog, type, coat type, possible breeds accepted, rules when you are away/home, etc. You dont want to miss anything then get caught if something happens later that you did not plan for.

Good luck
__________________
A well behaved dog will never steal your lunch, he will just make you feel so guilty that you can't enjoy it. - unknown
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old June 7th, 2007, 03:02 AM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
Did you convince him?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old June 7th, 2007, 08:35 AM
phoenix's Avatar
phoenix phoenix is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Posts: 993
Quote:
Originally Posted by i_have_too_many View Post
Someone told me once that a landlord can not tell you that you are not allowed to have a pet, something about a prejudice? Apparantly there is a law somewhere about this and even though it is their building, they can not keep you from having pets.

Dont quote me on this but

Good luck
Sorry to quote you when you said not to,

This is kind of true in Ontario, but not necessarily in the US. In Ontario, a landlord can say you can't have pets, (ie. they can not choose you), but once you are in, they can't evict you for it UNLESS the animal is causing others to have lesser enjoyment of the property or if there are allergies.

Good luck convincing your LL; I think it would be better if they could meet the dog and hear from references, but since you don't have a dog yet, I'm not sure how that would be possible.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old June 14th, 2007, 12:56 PM
LM1313's Avatar
LM1313 LM1313 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 819
Well, it went over like a lead balloon. He basically said that if he let me have a dog then he'd have to let everyone have a dog, etc, etc. I don't think I'll be able to change his mind. I guess I'll just continue saving for a house where I can have ANY DOG I WANT, MWAHAHAAAA! Ahem, excuse me!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old June 14th, 2007, 01:17 PM
Hunter's_owner's Avatar
Hunter's_owner Hunter's_owner is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Newfoundland
Posts: 3,633
I understand exactly what you are going through.
I am currently renting a house with a friend. It is the friend's parents house, they bought to rent out.
There I am allowed pets. But now, I want to move out and am not quite ready to buy yet, but finding a place that will allow me to have a "big" dog is very very hard. :sad:
__________________
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. -M. Acklam
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old June 14th, 2007, 01:39 PM
mummummum's Avatar
mummummum mummummum is offline
-
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: The Hammer
Posts: 8,534
I'm sorry to hear that LM. I guess it's time to get super-serious about that Home & Dog Ownership savings account.

HO maybe you should descibe Hunter as a medium sized dog ? He's under 70 lb's isn't he?
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old June 14th, 2007, 01:49 PM
happycats's Avatar
happycats happycats is offline
Senior Contributor
Hexxagon Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ontario
Posts: 4,665
Can't you say that it's a therapy dog??
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What is man without beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.

~~Chief Seattle (Duwamish tribe)~~
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old June 14th, 2007, 04:41 PM
Hunter's_owner's Avatar
Hunter's_owner Hunter's_owner is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Newfoundland
Posts: 3,633
Under 70...
__________________
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. -M. Acklam
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:49 AM.