Good luck to you!
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Standard disclosure is: all listed rentals hava a commission fee, split between 2 brokers and 2 agents, then the security deposit of 1 or 1.5 months rent, then the first month in advance. A pet deposit may be requested.
Some rentals have the fee paid by landlord, rarely. And the rent may include some utilities, although usually not.
Looks like you may already have things going with several agents. Best to work with one as only that one will get paid.
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If you don't mind the commute from Essex county the towns you mentioned will give you a 45 - 60 minute commute. There are several towns in Morris County that you may want to consider if that commute is too much for you. You can consider, Morristown, Boonton, Parsippany/Troy Hills or Denville all in Morris county and most towns have a large number of apartment complex. I think your biggest challange is finding an apartment that will allow a large dog.
Just a thought, as your 45 lb dog will, unfortunately, limit your options.
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You might also look into strictly rental complexes, that have their own on site supers or rental agents.
As real estate agents, we usually deal with owned properties that the owners are willing to rent out for whatever reason .
If a property is listed with an agent, you will most likely have to pay the commission (not always, but most of the time) equal to 1 month rent, plus 1 1/2 month security and the first month rent upfront.
In a rental complex, there usually is no commission............big savings for you.
In W. Orange, check out Crest Ridge - it should be in your price range, but I am not sure about their pet policy.
There is also a large complex - West Mill Gardens (it is "pet friendly") at 115 Old Short Hills Rd, in W. Orange, across from St Barnabas Hospital on the Livingston border..
Check it out!