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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Sylvania

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you own a pet or are thinking about getting one soon, you’re going to need to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Sylvania.  However, “pet-friendly” can seem unclear. However, “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from community to community. Some pet-friendly properties may actually mean that you can have a pet, but only with limits on the breed or size. Other Sylvania apartment complexes may even have thoughtful amenities for your dog such as designated parks for your dog to play or free waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Sylvania, how do you find the one that fits your needs?

Start By Reading Over The Community’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A complex is only as welcoming to dogs and cats as its pet policy. The policy details the guidelines you must follow when renting with a pet. Some pet policies give great flexibility and let you own any pet you’d like. Some place restrictions on the breeds of dogs. Others may limit the number of pets, size or weight. And some other policies prohibit dogs altogether and only let you have cats or small animals such as hamsters.

Few apartments have limits on the types of cat breeds permitted. More common is a policy that has limits on how many pets are authorized in a single household. There also may be additional costs connected to your animals, such as more expensive monthly rent or costs for cleaning when you and your pet move out, or a pet deposit you have to pay when you move in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t mean that the apartment isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you fit the parameters. But if you have a dog like a Great Dane or an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are parents to a litter of newborn kittens, you should definitely take a look at the policy before you fall in love with the complex.

Check The Available Pet Amenities During Your Apartment Tour

Picture of dog park in our Sylvania apartment community

Just as you would investigate the gym on your in-person tour, be sure to check out the pet amenities. Dedicated areas for your dog to play help your pup burn off excess energy and make some new puppy buddies. Stations with disposal bags, garbage cans, and communal water bowls keep the community clean. Some complexes even offer organized pet playdates or discounts on grooming for their four-legged residents!

Although these amenities look wonderful on paper, the test of their friendliness to pets is how well they’re cared for. If the dog park is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s pretty much unusable. Pet-friendly properties make certain that dog poop bags are regularly refilled and that the trash cans don’t overflow. When you schedule your tour of the complex in Sylvania, make sure that the accommodations for pets are maintained as well as the human amenities.

Take A Look At Multiple Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are unsure whether a community is a good place for a pet or not, be sure to take a look at reviews on the Sylvania apartment complex. Many apartment dwellers see their pets as an important part of their family and willingly share the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You may learn that the maintenance staff comes prepared with doggie treats to pass out during service calls. Or that the complex’s office organizes a pet adoption day with the humane society. You probably are safe to put those in the “friendly to pets” category.

Reviews will also reveal the communities that refuse to refund security deposits due to costs associated with pet cleaning, or the ones who charge exorbitant monthly rent for pets. Just try not to let a single negative opinion sway you, but if you note a lot of dissatisfied dog and cat owners, then you might want to look elsewhere.

SOMO Flats Can Be Your New Place To Call Home In Sylvania For Both You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment in Sylvania, be sure to check out SOMO Flats. We’re glad to to have you visit the apartment where you and your cat or dog can be happy. Give us a call at 419-843-0855 or click the schedule a tour button.  We also offer virtual tours available! If you are unable to visit the property, explore the virtual apartment tours.