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Renting An Apartment When You Own A Dog: 3 Important Features To Look For

by Elaine Ryan

When looking for the perfect abode for you and your dog to call home, consider the various features that the residential unit can offer. If you're interested in moving into a rental apartment, you'll need to spend some extra time and effort inspecting various rental apartments in order to find one that has these 3 features.

Hardwood Floors

Accidents will happen when you own dogs. Perhaps, your dog is not fully potty trained or perhaps you had a long day at work and didn't come home on time to take your dog out. Regardless of the reason, it's always better to be safe than sorry in these situations. Look for rental apartments that have hardwood floors rather than carpets. It'll make a world of a difference when it comes time to clean up the mess.

Urine can soak down to the floorboards underneath a carpet. At which point, cleaning up the mess will be almost impossible. To clean up urine from hardwood floors, soak up as much urine as possible with a paper towel. Next, sprinkle baking soda onto the area and allow it to sit overnight before vacuuming it all away. To further get rid of the odor, spray a solution of 1 part warm water and 1 part vinegar into the area before wiping it clean with a damp towel.

Properly Secured Patio

Let your dog spend plenty of time bathing in the sun by finding a rental apartment with a secure patio. The patio should have secure fencing all around the perimeter. Make sure there are no gaps between the patio fence and the patio floor, especially if you have small dogs. You'd be surprised at how easy it is for small dogs to squeeze underneath the patio fences.

Sound-Proof Walls

Another important feature to look for is sound-proof walls. As you'll be living in close quarters, your dog's barking can quickly become a nuisance to your neighbors. To prevent your rental unit from being a constant recipient of noise complaints, make sure to choose a rental apartment with sound-proof walls. Test out whether the walls are sound-proof or not by attending open houses or requesting to see the unit before you rent it. Check the unit out at night or during the weekends. See if you can hear the neighbors through the walls.

You should inquire about the type of construction materials used in the walls. In particular, you want to look for walls that have mass loaded vinyl barriers installed onto the drywall. The vinyl barriers will easily stop noise transmission dead in its tracks.


These 3 features will make living in an apartment with a dog a much more feasible and practical idea. They will make the rental apartment a much more suitable option for you if you are planning on staying there for a long time. For more information on apartments for rent, contact companies like ABA Rental Properties Inc.