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4 Valuable Tips for Dog Owners Renting an Apartment

4 Valuable Tips for Dog Owners Renting an Apartment

Millennials are increasingly forgoing home ownership and instead choosing the flexibility of renting. And while renting an apartment comes with a number of benefits, there also the disadvantages – such as owning a dog. While you can own a dog – and millions of renters do – there are some challenges in play.

Here’s what you need to know in order to ensure you’re both a responsible pet owner and renter.

1. Choose the Right Breed

Landlords know that a lot of renters own dogs, so it’s becoming more and more common to see pet policies. But you can make it easier on yourself when searching for apartments by choosing the right breed.

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“People have breeds they love, but if you know you’re going to be in a rental situation over the long term, consider looking into the breeds that don’t shed and are hypoallergenic,” property management firm Green Residential explains. “One of the problems with pets in apartment spaces is that they shed and their hair can get just about everywhere.”

See, the Fair Housing Act doesn’t apply to your furry four-legged friend. A landlord can reasonably deny you based on the type of dog you have. If you’re able to tell a landlord that your dog is small, doesn’t shed much, and is hypoallergenic, you stand a much better chance.

2. Understand the Possible Expenses

Very rarely will you run across a landlord who lets you own a dog with no questions asked. In order to protect themselves, landlords may require any or all of the following: additional security deposit, pet fees, pet rent, property damage clauses, identification tags, vaccination records, and proof of spay or neuter. If you can’t afford these additional expenses, then owning a dog probably isn’t right for you.

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3. Openly Communicate With Your Landlord

It’s amazing how much more leeway renters can get on certain issues if they develop and maintain healthy and open relationships with their landlords. Not only should you openly discuss your pet situation on the front end, but it’s a good idea to maintain an open dialogue throughout your tenancy.

If the dog tears something up, go ahead and mention it to the landlord and offer to cover the cost. This is better than the landlord discovering it during a routine walk-through months later. Along these same lines, be a good responsible renter and clean your unit regularly and thoroughly. This will make both you and the landlord feel better about the situation.

4. Never Sneak a Dog In

Under absolutely no circumstances should you ever sneak a pet or buy a dog without telling your landlord.

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“If your lease has a no-pet clause and you get a pet, your landlord will have the legal right to ask you to remove the animal from the property,” real estate expert Angela Colley says. “If you want to keep your pet, you’ll have to move. To move during your lease, you’ll have to break the lease and pay hefty penalties, sublet your rental, or work out an arrangement with your landlord to end the agreement early.”

Depending on local rules and the wording in your contract, it’s possible that a landlord could even evict you and then sue you for the remainder of your lease. This may seem excessive, but remember that you would have knowingly broken a rule.

Be Smart!

It’s not easy to find an apartment for dog owners, especially if you have a strict landlord. If you’re going to be a responsible renter and dog owner, make sure you’re dotting all of your I’s and crossing every last T. A healthy relationship with your landlord will go a long way towards a positive situation.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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