|Barked: Thu Aug 9, '12 3:03pm PST |
|It really, really depends on the situation.
With the economy being what it is, foreclosures are happening at an alarming rate. The rental market is completely over saturated with dog owners, and non-dog owners. With so many potential tenants to choose from, landlords are able to pick whoever they want and unlike with human children, there is no law against discriminating against pet owners. Homeowners insurance does not help this any, often blacklisting dogs period from renters. Having a roommate or not has no bearing on any of this.
It took me 3 months to find a rental that would accept my dogs, and that was 2 years ago - and it turned out to be a complete poo-hole of an apartment. Even then, my building no longer accepts pets at all. We're grandfathered in for now, and probably going to be evicted anyway either for that or the landlords financial woes (or both).
I was lucky I had 3 months to look. Lucky that I am gainfully employed and could pay the dog deposits and extra fees. Lucky that I could pay rent at all, really, since most places it's now higher than a mortgage payment, and so lucky I could choose where I lived at all.
Yeah, there are people who don't try at all. That I will never understand. But on the other hand, it is HARD to rent with animals and getting worse all the time. For many people, it is impossible and I would be grateful to have family who could look after the animals until the situation improved.
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