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Dog Friendly Rental
updated: Mar 27, 2013, 12:08 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone have an apartment/rental situation recommendation for a couple with two large dogs? I have two house trained lab mixes (male is around 75 lbs, but overweight, female is 55 lbs).


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 COMMENT 390230P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:40 PM

Craigslist unfortunately is the best place. Wish we had a better apartment source since everyone here seems to rent. I went to each larger Rental Property Companies and spoke to them personally about pets, sometimes they will look past it for an extra deposit.


 COMMENT 390232P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:43 PM

You need to go where the dog owners are (Hendry's Beach, Tabano Hollow, in Goleta) and ask them if they know of any rentals. Or, perhaps you could try advertising in "Wanted" on Craigslist.

The more you get the word out that you need a place, the better your chances are of finding something. Just know that you will pay more (highly likely) because you have dogs.

Be sure and emphasize that they are QUIET dogs----if they are----and that will work in your favor. Size of dogs doesn't matter as much as things like barking, digging, shedding, smell. And if one of you will be home with the dogs a lot, be sure and make that point, too. Best of luck.


 COMMENT 390234 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:50 PM

As you're finding, most rentals have a strict no pet policy. With two large dogs you are the least desirable tenant in the eyes of a landlord. It does not matter how many references you provide, how often you repeat they're quiet, or how cute you think they are. You would be wise to buy a home if at all possible. So although I truly wish you well and am sure this is not what you want to hear, the best thing you can do is get rid of the dogs.


 COMMENT 390235P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:51 PM

Do what I did, scour craigslist daily and check the box for dogs... just be glad you don't have kids too, costs us an arm & a leg here in SB to have kids AND dogs!


 COMMENT 390238P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:55 PM

our friends had better luck looking in Buellton


 COMMENT 390240 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:00 PM

Please don't rent an apartment. Besides being too small for two large dogs, it'll drive your neighbors nuts to have barking dogs barking away while you're gone at work or where ever.

You'll pay more. Some landlords are pet friendly but you may find that the carpet is shot from the last guys dogs. Pets are hard on houses, something about big paws with claws. Security deposit will be higher and you can't expect to get all or maybe any of it back at the far end, as pet damage is not normal wear and tear.

A house may be your best shot, if it's not too nice- they won't want pets. Craigslist is the best for housing, but also check out Haves and Needs and real estate companies. Good luck!


 COMMENT 390241 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:00 PM

There was an apartment complex at the corner of Hacienda and Modoc near Las Positas that was renting to people with dogs. For a while there were a bunch of people with dogs there. I see less dogs now so I wonder if they have changed their policy and the only dogs that are left are from old tenants that haven't moved yet. But, still, worth a try. They had both big and little dogs there a year or two ago.


 COMMENT 390242 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:02 PM

OP here. We have expanded our search to Buellton and Lompoc. I don't want to do the commute, but getting rid of the dogs is out of the question. We COULD buy a house now, but it would be rushing it and not what we want. Ideally, we'd like to do that next year.


 COMMENT 390243 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:03 PM

I'm a property manager who handles apartments and single family houses. We allow pets in all rentals but we do not allow large dogs in the apartments (most of which are one bedrooms - too confining for a large dog). We charge a pet deposit of $500.00 per animal and I've only not given it back twice. We ask that dogs be brought to the showing (I've only had one insane cat in all the years I've been doing this). We look for responsible owners and clean, well behaved pets. The market is not what it used to be and we are flexible with practical matters. Our properties have mostly long term tenants - many with pets. The idea of CL is a good one - we advertise on there when we have availability. 234 - to be clear, the least desirable tenant is a tenant that does not pay their rent and disturbs others- we can work with the rest. OP, don't be discouraged - keep looking, be honest and you will find what you're looking for.


 COMMENT 390244P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:04 PM

La Colina Garden Apartments at Foothill and Cieneguitas accepts dogs. (I know people who live there.) Some of the online rental search engines let you filter for pets. Another dog park where you can talk with folks about rentals is Kiwanis Meadows inside Tuckers Grove County Park (turn right inside the park and go all the way to the end). Good luck.


 COMMENT 390245 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:04 PM

Apt and Dogs????
Maybe not the best choice!


 COMMENT 390248 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:13 PM

We had to move out of our rental this past October and ended up rushing to just buy a house instead. Best decision ever. SB despite being so dog friendly isn't that way with rentals. It is slim pickins. When we were renting we always ended up paying way more than we wanted just because it was one of the few places that actually allows large dogs. Finally having a place to call our own including our dogs for as long as we desire has been so rewarding. Getting stuck in another rental lease puts your dream of home ownership potentially out another year. With the market heating up and prices on the rise it may be time to get in before prices are out of reach again.


 COMMENT 390249 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:15 PM

Check Ojai, the people there are much more relaxed about life...and dogs in general.


 COMMENT 390254P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:22 PM

Buy the house now. Real Estate values are going back up. Buy a chicken coop and then upgrade later. All of this working to find a place, worrying about landlords.

My mom used to say, "Better to buy a house. Who needs a shoe box full of rent receipts?"

@234: Get rid of the dogs? Heartless, heartless.


 COMMENT 390256P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:23 PM

Do Not give up. I am a renter with two large dogs and over the past 20 years [a few cycles of dogs!] I have always found a place here in Santa Barbara....one time I placed a "housing wanted" ad explaining that I had two big dogs, and a great landlord called me as she WANTED people with dogs.......my landlords have always said that they've had more problems with the damage caused by humans, than with dogs.


 COMMENT 390260P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:28 PM

Buy a house - it is not going to get any better next year. You have excellent choices now and the prices are rising.


 COMMENT 390261 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:30 PM

Buy now if you can. If you wait until next year, you'll have some regret. We bought under duress and have no regrets. And no more duress! Just find a realtor who listens to your needs and you'll be fine.


 COMMENT 390267 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 01:43 PM



 COMMENT 390273P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 02:19 PM

267: Bakersfield does have good watermelons.


 COMMENT 390276 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 02:22 PM

@390273P And Basque cuisine.


 COMMENT 390280 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 02:24 PM

We have friends that moved to Lompoc for their three large dogs and they're pretty happy. They haven't been able to eliminate the commute to SB and Goleta. VAFB and Santa Maria have engineering jobs in the six figures and that's their hope, jobwise.

261, you made a very nice compliment about your realtor in your last sentence. If your realtor works specifically in the 93101 area and you're comfortable in giving the name of this realtor, that'd be a huge help to me. We're upsizing but not settled on who is going to help us. (We definitely know who won't be). Many thanks.


 COMMENT 390285 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 02:33 PM

I'll probably not rent to someone with dogs, again. By CA state law, you can't take a large enough deposit to cover all the damages they can do, and cover the lost rent for all the time it takes to replace things.

And if the owner doesn't walk it enough, you end up with a neurotic animal barking all day inside the six-foot prison walls you think is a 'suitable' back yard fence.

Look at the dog's point of view. Dogs are pack animals, they need to be around their own kind, and need lots of space to run around, or at least a view of something.

Humans are a poor substitute for their own kind, they just don't know it.

Anyone know how to get dog smell out of a concrete slab?


 COMMENT 390293 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 03:11 PM

As others have said, post in the "Housing Wanted" section of Craigslist. I got 2 of the last 3 places I rented from my housing wanted posts. A lot of single-property landlords don't list their rentals. They browse the housing wanted section and cherry-pick the type of renter they want.


 COMMENT 390296 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 03:27 PM

I have worked in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria for the last 34 years and have lived only a short time in Santa Barbara because I was a renter and wanted dogs. I lived in Ojai for many years and now in Santa Ynez and it has totally been worth the commute. Best of luck to you. I can't believe anyone would tell you to get rid of your dogs like they are something to be thrown out. They are obviously not dog people and don't "get it".


 COMMENT 390318 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 04:15 PM

296, You're right that some landlords don't understand dog people. Many landlords wonder why renters with dogs don't "get it" either. Best of luck to the OP in their search.


 COMMENT 390325 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 04:25 PM

I think given all of this good advice you will find a landlord that accepts dogs. One of the biggest issues for the landlord is that if there is a dog bite the landlord is responsible for all damages. That is making a lot of landlords think twice about renting to people with dogs. Not many landlords willing to take the risk of being sued for a dog bite situation.

Call every rental agency in town, there has got to be a house that maybe is a little further out of town and needs a renter.

Good luck to you!


 COMMENT 390345 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 05:32 PM

Landlords should require additional liability insurance obtained and paid for by dog owners.


 COMMENT 390359 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 05:52 PM

347 it isn't so much about the "bad dog thing" as it is about landlord liability. Who wants to risk losing their shirt because they rented to tenants with a dog. They may love dogs as much as the tenant, but it's not worth the risk.


 COMMENT 390393P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 08:00 PM

347, I live on a property with 15 units in four houses. Three people have dogs. The owner of the property would disagree. Just last week she said she would never rent to dog owners again. Not just the damage to doors from scratching, but because they bark.

The cats meow.


 COMMENT 390400 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 08:21 PM

347, I own property and have spent yesterday tearing out carpet from a dog problem. I heard about the liability issue before, but took a risk this last time. In this legally contentious world, the owner should pay for any extra insurance needed, or I won't rent to them.

And he was a really fun dog. For a while.


 COMMENT 390401P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 08:22 PM

The five-unit complex next to ours allows dogs, but it's a constant ongoing problem, with the barking, no leash, no poop pick-up, and aggressive idiot dog owners.

Luckily for us, it's mostly students that leave after the school year is up. Or, if it gets real bad, we have contacted the owner of the building and they will evict the really bad people.

I think Dario Pini will rent to people with dogs.


 FANGIRL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-28 11:13 AM

I have owned rental property and always allowed pets with an added pet deposit. I am now a renter myself and have a dog and two cats and did not have a problem finding a place. I have found that most want to work with you and while some have a strict no pets policy, there are plenty of others that allow them. Good luck!


 COMMENT 390701 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-28 03:21 PM

Funny about this topic. Today, when I came home, I found a dog-poop-bag on my front porch, and I don't have a dog!! BUT, I DO HAVE SECURITY CAMERAS, which caught the idiot that left it there!!!!

Just another argument against irresponsible dog owners!!!

Owner: Caucasian, powder blue baseball cap, sunglasses on hat, ball-throwing stick, dark hoodie, jeans, thin, black tennis shoes - like Keds- Walking medium black Lab. San Andres St & Victoria. Gonna post pictures on the street.


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