When you’re on the hunt for a pet-friendly apartment, Houston has a wealth of options for the families with furry friends who rent. Then again, maybe your special friends have feathers – no matter. By using our handy pet owner’s guidelines that we’ve outlined below, your journey to finding the ideal pet-friendly apartment in Houston will be shorter, easier and much less trying!

As a pet owner, it’s good to keep in mind that most properties have a two pet per unit limit. While there are always exceptions, this is the rule. If you have multiple pets and love your large and furry brood, you may be better off searching for a single family home for rent by a private landlord. However, if you’re like most pet owners who rent, you know the “family size” restraints that apartment living dictates. Here are some useful things to keep in mind as you search for your next (or perhaps first) pet-friendly apartment, Houston neighbors!

Pet Size: Many properties have restrictions on the size and/or weight of pets allowed in the units they offer. To be on the safe size, 50 pounds is a good upper limit. This isn’t to prevent Great Dane owners from renting. Rather, bigger pets have the potential to make bigger messes and really – how happy will a large dog be in an 800 square foot one-bedroom apartment? When looking at a new property, ask about pet weight restrictions if you think you may be faced with this issue. We can also tell you all of the “larger pet” friendly communities.

Breed Restrictions: Even the most pet-friendly apartments in Houston have what are called “dangerous breed restrictions.” Many properties will not accept dog breeds like Rottweilers, Pitt Bulls and Dobermans due to their aggressive nature. We understand your Bully or Rottie might be a sweetie pie and a cuddle bug, but understand the perspective of the property owner. These are dogs that make headlines and they don’t want any incidents on their property. Always ask about breed restrictions and keep this in mind if you’re looking to add a new friend to your family.

Pet Deposits and Pet Rent: It’s rare to find a property that won’t charge you an additional pet deposit. Properties with pet rent are becoming even more prevalent. Yep – you can bet that some of the properties you’ll look at will charge an additional fee each month for your family friends to join you in-residence. If you prefer to look for properties that do NOT charge pet rent, we can help you with that. If you understand that this is simply a part of pet ownership, no worries! Pet rents can range from $10 to $50 each month, so just a heads-up.

Pet-Specific Amenities: Many apartment complexes are now creating designated dog park areas – awesome news for those with pups! If you need help locating a new pet-friendly apartments, Houston specialists like Houston Apartment Insiders knows who has these cool features and who doesn’t. All it takes is a phone call or email to us to ask! (Our service is free…completely free.)