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Finding Housing
updated: Feb 01, 2014, 2:45 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

My Son is returning home from the Army this month after proudly serving for the past four years. He's bringing his very sweet (but rather big) dog with him, and I know this will present a challenge for him to find a suitable place to rent here in SB. He will be staying with us until he finds a place of his own. Any suggestions or recommendations? I know if anyone can help, it's the Edhat community!

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 COMMENT 491247 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 03:03 PM

As cool/groovy/accepting as Santa Barbara is on the outside, when it comes to dogs it will be difficult to find a place for any number of reasons (for instance, 2-3 times a week I find "bags" and or "steaming presents" on my front lawn or stuffed into my bushes):
1) You keep his dog until he integrates into his own or shared living situation.
2) Talk to someone you know who'd be willing to rent to your son and big dog.
3) Give the dog to a good family.


 COMMENT 491248 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 03:04 PM

It is quite difficult to find, unfortunately. Do-able but difficult.


 COMMENT 491250 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 03:08 PM

Finding a room on a ranch would seem ideal. Plenty of space for a large dog plus there might be other dogs to play with.


 COMMENT 491252 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 03:12 PM

Do a craigslist search, check the box DOGS and presto. You have a big list.


 COMMENT 491254P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 03:18 PM

Your son and his dog could visit local dog parks and talk with other owners. If you attend a church, post a notice on the bulletin board. Online search engines for home sales and rentals -- for example, hotpads, zillow and trulia -- usually have filters that will let you search for places that accept pets.


 COMMENT 491260P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 03:36 PM

SB Pet Hospital on the Mesa has a flyer posted on their board for an apartment complex in Goleta that has gone pet-friendly and has units available. Perhaps call them and ask for the number?


 COMMENT 491288 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:03 PM

Go to Craig's List and under the pets category, search on "housing", it will bring up a website that lists nationwide rentals that are pet friendly. If the dog is a power breed, (ie breed to provide security such as a german shepherd, mastiff, pit bull etc) it will prove to be a greater challenge as many insurance companies exclude them from liabilty policies. In one case, a Santa Barbara landlord allowed the tenant to have a Pit Bull if she got her own liability policy and she did! Hope this helps!


 COMMENT 491289 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:04 PM

I simply search only for dog friendly rentals. I'll live anywhere my pet is accepted. And, no, giving the dog away is wrong - they are not disposable when inconvenient, 247.


 COMMENT 491293P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:10 PM

Contact DAWG, Humane society and SB animal control for dog friendly landlords.


 COMMENT 491298 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:29 PM

Prepare a "pet resume" for your dog. Answer ads even if they don't say "DOG OK" and present the resume. Include vaccination history, letters of reference from previous landlord or your veterinarian, history of training class, certificate that the dog is spayed or neutered, and list the obedience classes completed. Make it look as nice as you would your own resume!
This has worked for me every time. It also doesn't hurt to volunteer to double the security deposit.


 COMMENT 491300 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:31 PM

It's a misconception that large dogs always require a big yard. They can be perfectly happy snuggled with master in a studio apartment as long as they get out for regular walks and play time.


 COMMENT 491302 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:39 PM

Ventura is way more pet friendly. SB is not.


 COMMENT 491308 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 05:54 PM

The dog's breed is a factor for property management companies and many local landlords. If they allow dogs to begin with they may require that you have renter's insurance. To obtain renter's insurance you need to let the insurance agency know about your dog and the breed, and certain breeds are simply not accepted. SB is pretty strict about pets but maybe Lompoc or Ventura will have better options if his dog is a pit bull, akita, chow or one of the other breeds of concern.


 COMMENT 491316P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 06:26 PM

I think one of the problems in Santa Barbara is that there are too many absentee (investor) landlords and too many management companies as a result. You have to look harder for a real human being to interact with.


 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 06:52 PM

Really....? Wanna talk about breeds? THE WORST are LITTLE pee-yapper dogs! Most larger breeds are more well behaved than the little breeds-


 COMMENT 491325 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 06:53 PM

La Colina Garden Apartments on Foothill allows dogs as long as it is one, and a deposit is paid. It is a lovely place to live, and very pet friendly. The manager is Sharon, and she is a great lover of animals, and helping people in SB. Good luck.


 COMMENT 491330 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 06:58 PM

Being an owner of 2 Golden's it was extremely difficult to find a house where the landlord would even accept 1 dog. We found the house we wanted and even though it was advertised as NO PETS, in the end money is king. I had always been a homeowner but the last recession took care of that.


 COMMENT 491362P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 08:40 PM

I rent a guest cottage to someone who now has two good sized dogs, Lab. types. I have had bad luck with someone who had a lab. that was to me, at least, vicious and I asked them to leave (for non-payment of rent) and was not planning to rent again to dog owners.

What convinced me was meeting the person and the dog --- and getting good vibes from each, dog and person. It's really important to show the owner/landlord how friendly the dog is. Also important is to assure the owner that the tenant will pick up the poop.... Of course, if the dog is not friendly, that's a serious problem. I am not sure that renters insurance would relieve the owner of liability if someone was bit on the property.

I did not have a dog and a year or so ago, seeing my tenants' got my own rescue dog --- and we all get along reasonably well.

Good luck!


 COMMENT 491427P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-02 09:28 AM

We found our 2-dog friendly rental in SB through
Preferred Rentals.
There's a fee for access to their listings, but it worked out well for us.


 COMMENT 491442 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-02 09:56 AM

I found my dog friendly home looking on craigslist and they owners were ok with a small dog, as long as we carry our own renter's insurance. When my husband came home with a little puppy a few months later I let them know and they were fine with it. Not the case with all rentals, you, or your son since he's the one with the dog, should start looking at places like that instead of posting on edhat since this is NOT a rental listing site...


 COMMENT 491445 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-02 10:01 AM

It is do-able...but there are fewer options with a dog and usually more money. We were able to find a place that we love (on craigslist) and we both had flexible prior living situations that gave us time to find a good place. Now we have a new baby and will need another bedroom at some point, so we'll have to face that hurdle again soon! Would love to buy a place, but can't do that (financially responsibly) yet!


 COMMENT 491451 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-02 10:11 AM

...so you are going to become the dog's "grandparent" and provide for it if he can't find a suitable rental?


 COMMENT 491454 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-02 10:15 AM

401 Words fail.

15 years ago I lost my home, husband and son within 6 months. Without the company of my dog I would never have survived. Hard to find a rental then with a large dog I did find two samaritans willing to rent a room and bath in their home. Five years later, and now a senior and working, I was lucky to have my name come up on the Chapter 8 senior housing program. The Housing Authority Of Santa Barbara had a home for us! Still here ( sadly, aged 16, my dog died) and almost 80, I will always be grateful for Housing's continuing understanding and compassion for seniors and others in need.


 COMMENT 491906 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-03 06:06 PM

OP here, many thanks to (most) of you for the helpful suggestions! @419, I'm just doing some leg work for him before he returns as any good Mom would. He will be the one looking once he's here. We have pets of our own so it'll be a bit crowded while he stays with us, but that's perfectly fine. I'm just extremely grateful my Soldier is coming home happy and in good health. That's what matters most.

Again, thank you for the good suggestions!


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