You are going to have a hard time finding a landlord that will accept that many dogs. However, if there is a chance that a landlord will accept such a number of dogs more than likely he will access an additional fee for each dog. Landlords are hesitant to rent to animal lovers because of the damage that they may cause.
By the way, why are you renting instead of buying?
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Tough situation. As a Realtor and landlord, I would ask you to consider from a landlords position how 5 dogs might affect a rental property from a wear and tear standpoint? Also, what about possible liability issues? While I don't dislike dogs, I "must" consider factors that could affect the preservation, condition, and future demand for my rental properties. Hey, I'm taking all the risk, especially in this current real estate market. If I may make a few suggestions...1) When pursuing a property, consider offering the landlord a substantial or additional security/pet deposit. While money is tight for all of us, providing the landlord with an added comfort level on protecting their investment could go along way in keeping your family and pets under one roof. 2) Ensure a potential landlord that you will secure, at your sole cost, a renters insurance policy that will cover him any liability issues resulting from a dog bit or other potential risks. 3) Lastly, consider looking in more rural locations where a larger amounts of pets are more acceptable. Don't focus your search in a subdivision with strict HOA rules and regulations. Good luck with your search and I hope other Realtors and Property Managers have additional suggestion. Take care, Joe Bornstein, Rock Springs Realty, Apopka, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.rockspringsrealty.net