|Barked: Fri Dec 9, '11 8:52am PST |
|Renting from an individual is much better than renting from a property company. We have done both, and prefer to rent from an individual if possible.
A property company has a bunch of people they are renting to, and if they bend the rules for one person, then they have to bend them for everyone. It's just a situation that can snowball. When we rented from a property company, they had a weight restriction and a breed restriction. Steel was fine on breed, but not one weight. They went by weight at full growth, so even though Steel was 4 months, we couldn't keep her. A friend of mine kept her until we moved. Not only that, but the pet deposit was non-refundable, and extremely high. Plus you have to factor in pet rent. At our old apartment, it was $20 per month PER PET! Which really adds up when you live somewhere for 2 years.
Our experience of renting from an individual has been much better. Our landlord has been very cool about us getting another pet (if we wanted one), and we don't pay a pent rent here. We paid our deposit (I think, I don't really remember if we did have one or not) and that was it. I mean, it's really easy for us, because our landlords are not only friends of ours, but they are from the same town that we are.
All my friends have had better experience with individual landlords as well, because they are more likely to change something for you if you can show them that your dog (or cat) can be trusted to not tear anything up. A CGC would be a great advantage for you on this front.
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