Survey Shows High Demand for Pet-Friendly Housing

More than 84 percent of surveyed renters said they own pets.

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A recent survey of renters by a national apartment listing service indicates that more than 84 percent of respondents own at least one pet.

More than a third of survey respondents said it was very difficult to find an apartment that allowed pets, according to the survey’s conductor, apartments.com. However, more than 85 percent of respondents said they now live in an apartment property that permits pets.

The March 2007 survey also found that 67 percent of the properties that allow pets require a pet deposit or other pet-related fee. Also, pet owners should be prepared to pay additional fees for securing against pet-related damages to their apartment: 28 percent of renters surveyed stated that pet deposits were preferable to pet rent fees.

In addition, 14 percent of pet owners say that a community’s pet policy is the first thing they consider when visiting and selecting an apartment.

According to the Apartments.com search data, the most popular states for pet searches are:

1. Colorado
2. Oregon
3. Washington
4. Kansas
5. New Hampshire
6. Arizona
7. New Mexico
8. Missouri
9. Ohio
10. Minnesota

The search data reflects the number of March 2007 pet searches compared to all searches by state on Apartments.com.

Of the renters who do not have a pet, more than 63 percent plan to have one in the future. More than 32 percent of renters said that they are currently without a pet because of pet restrictions at their community, according to the survey.

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Elaine    Enfield, CT

4/4/2007 11:30:55 PM

I think there should be more pet friendly housing since a companion animal
is good for a person's physical and emotional health. Some people destroy a lot more than animals do!
Thank You for publishing this!

Heidi    duluth, MN

4/3/2007 1:19:16 PM

Apartments should be WAY MORE pet friendly it drives me nuts!

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