Pet friendly real estate is not always easy to come by in Boston. Whether you are buying a condo or renting an apartment, having pets in the city may cause some hurdles in your home search. It’s nothing personal, I have a dog and two cats, and I’m sure your four legged friend is the best in the history of all animals. I know mine are and the search for my apartment was still difficult.
When you see condo or apartment listings that say “no pets,” “pets allowed: no,” or “pet policy: none” it usually means no pets are allowed. I want to make that clear so you don’t waste your time, especially since inventory for pet friendly apartments and condos is limited and moves fast. When you see an apartment or condo listing that says “pets negotiable”, that means we as Realtors have some wiggle room. Some pet policies come from individual owners, some come from condo association rules, and some buildings flat out do not allow any pets. How pet friendly the pet friendly apartment is, depends on where the pet policy comes from.
To save time in your search for a pet friendly apartment or condo for your dog, there is some information that you should have ready. First, know the breed of your dog. Second, know how much your dog weighs. Some pet friendly apartment buildings and condo buildings have breed restrictions and some have weight restrictions. If you don’t know the exact weight or breed, that is fine, just give your best guess. Be as accurate as possible on your guess because some owners or condo associations will want to meet your pet before they let you move in. Cats are fairly easy compared to dogs, either they are allowed or they are not allowed.
Also, have a reference letter for your pet ready from your landlord, management company, or even neighbor. For some owners or condo boards that are on the fence about your pet, it could help.