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We are looking for a rental home that accepts pets in the Kankakee area. Any advise besides the newspaper??

Asked by Michele, Fri May 23, 2008

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Michele, In the Kankakee area the newspaper is the best way. We aren't in a large metro area. Also, it depends what price range for which you are looking. Some alternatives would be to call a couple Realtors who may have some homes that are in the area in which you are looking that have listings that have been on the market for a while. Ask friends who rent that have pets who their landlord is. Even if their landlord doesn't have another home available they may know another landlord that does. Don has a lot of good points. An additional point is your deposit will most likely be substantially more because of the increased risk the landlord is taking. Also, check the for sale by owner list because they don't have representation and may have pets themselves. Some websites may also be helpful, Craigslist, Rent.com, Apartments.com, Homes.com among others. You may even check the apartment rental list because some landlords own both apartments and homes. Also, think about an apartment (especially main floor) since many apartment landlords assume they may have to replace carpet anyway. Bottom line, a landlord is in business to make money and they know when you have a weakness (pets) they will be able to charge you more, if they will even take you. It greatly redues the supply of homes available to you. There are more landlords that are taking pets because more people have pets but, on the other hand, the landlord is risking damage to property and odor issues that may be hard to get rid of. Then the landlord is dealing from a point of weakness with a home with damage or odor issues they may not be able to completely get rid of. The more pets you have the weaker hand you have and the more it'll probably cost you. I understand, though, that pets become part of a family and that is what is so difficult. I wish you the best of luck!
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Michele,
I can specifically look up homes for rent that will accept pets.
Feel free to contact me on the link in this message and tell me how many bedrooms and what is the top dollar you are looking to spend and I will send you a list of homes.
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Realtors, and google search for a locator in that area.
Web Reference: http://www.lynn911.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 23, 2008
Sure:

Realtors: Rentals are listed on the MLS, as well as properties for sale.

CraigsList: Often a good place to find housing.

Grocery Stores and Other Bulletin Boards: People put notices up on bulletin boards when they have houses for rent.

Pet Stores and Pet Grooming Services: They'll be linked in with that segment of the market.

Investors: You can find them on CraigsList. Or call a few of the "WE BUY HOUSES" signs. Either they'll have properties they're trying to rent, or they'll know people who do.

Any House That's A Rental That's Been Vacant For 60 Days: Landlords become far more flexible when a house is sitting empty.

Remember: The reason a lot of people don't like to rent to pet owners is the concern (often legitimate) that the house will suffer more wear and tear. And that if there's carpeting, the animals will ruin the carpets...and even ruin hardwood floors. So you may have to put up a fairly large pet deposit. And you may be charged more ($25-$50 per animal is fairly typical) in rent. But smart landlords and investors know that carpet has to be replaced every 5-10 years or so, and that the place needs to be repainted every so often. So if you move into a place with 5 year old carpet and bring along a couple of dogs or cats, the smart landlord knows that the place will have to be refurbished in a couple of years anyway. If you're willing to pay $50-$100 more a month, you've found a place, and it really isn't costing him any more money. And the best situation is when a tenant such as you stays in a place for years. You and your pets are comfortable...you may be reluctant to move because you know it's difficult finding places that accepts pets...and the landlord has a tenant who appreciates the ability to have pets.

Hope that helps.
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