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info, Renter in San Diego, CA

I saw on several houses for rent that a dog was allowed up to 20 lbs, my dog´s weight is about 110 lbs, why is this a problem ?

Asked by info, San Diego, CA Tue Jun 25, 2013

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In addition to the Realtors good advice below, larger size pet approval is a challenge vs. smaller pets as degrees of damage can be unfairly warranted. Is there any reason for you to obtain a service or companion dog certificate for pet approval? maureen@landangel.com
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There is a thought process that small dogs equal small small problems. Though the US Humane Society has data that disproves it is an attitude still held by some independent rental owners, HOA boards and property managers. Most larger rental operators utilize breed restrictions that have been suggested by the experiences of successful apartment communities across the country. Even when these restrictions are applied it does not reveal the experience of the pet and/or its owner(s). The rental history along with a reliable contact given as a reference is still the most important information on the application in my opinion. Read more at http://www.RentSenseBlog.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 25, 2013
It depends. If you're renting a condo or townhome - this is likely a rule set by the Homeowners Association. If it's a single family home, the owner has likely decided that a larger dog will often cause more damage (scratches, chews, scent) than a small dog. Whether this is true or not doesn't really matter, the homeowner can decide what to allow.

If you love a home and they are strict, consider offering a larger pet deposit. Put yourself in their shoes and see if you can find a creative agreement that satisfies their concerns. Letting them meet your well mannered 100lb dog may help too!

I'm a sales agent in San Diego - I don't work rentals but I thought this may help you in your search. Good luck!
Sarah Scott, Pacific Sotheby's International Realty
619.840.2767, cell
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No matter what the reason, you'll have to change the minds of the HOA board, and/or enough of the homeowners to change any rule of an HOA.
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Basically landlords & management companies think bigger dogs can cause more damage than small dogs. When you meet for the rental, bring pictures of your dog with a "doggie resume" explaining why your pet is okay.

Best of luck,

Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA DRE License 01713506
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