By Laura LaVoie
In my local community, and on several online groups for the childfree, people are often frustrated that that they can’t find a home or apartment to rent because they own pets. This is leading to an epidemic of older pets being torn from their families. The problem is so bad that some communities have banned “re-homing” posts on their local discussion boards.
In today’s world of rental law, landlords can’t discriminate against families with small children, but they can decide that against renting to people with pets. Sometimes restrictions are only for so-called “dangerous” pets such as pit bulls. In the past, Rottweilers were the dog-ona non grata.
Some landlords can’t stomach the idea that a cat might scratch up the carpeting, even though not all cats scratch up carpeting. Urination, destruction, liability, and more are all reasons given for not renting to our precious pets.
But that doesn’t mean that every time you move, you need to give Fido to a new family. One possible solution is to create a Pet Resume.