Hi Deborah. I must agree with Ms. Brocco. At the very least, it's not unusual. It's going to be somewhat difficult to find a pet friendy rental as many buildings don't allow them. This may be particularly true of buildings managed by a management company as opposed to a smaller owner who may own just one or two buildings.
I suggest you contact a broker in the area you have interest in living. They may know an owner that would break their own no pet policy for a cat instead of a dog. Dogs bark while cats scurry under the bed when they hear noise. Good luck.
It's very common. Landlords don't to spend money on a cleaning service when pets pee and destroy the floors with urine. It's very difficult to get rid of the smell. I've seen apartments stay on the market for over a year because of a bad urine odor. They sometimes have to replace the floors and that can be thousands of dollars. It's cheaper and less headaches for them to just ban pets. Also, many people don't clean up after their pets in this area and that has become a nuisance. It's a raw fact that pet friendly buildings are disappearing or be faced with a monthly pet fee and or a $75-1000 pet deposit. I live in this area and I've been renting apartments as an agent here for the past 4 years so I can speak from a wealth of experience and knowledge. Feel free to contact me for some specific options.
Hi, It's definitely not unusual but I find cats are more acceptable then dogs. Every landlord is different and you may be able to put down a little extra security in order to get the pet accepted. Have your agent check into any properties that you have interest.