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Rent vs Buy in Novato : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Ferrisr001:

I help my clients with renting out their homes at times. I have to say that it will be difficult to find a nice house with a large yard that will take large dogs, even though your dog might behave really well. However, it is not impossible as there are many animal lovers in Marin county.

It will probably take some time and you might have to call each owner and find out what they will take though.

Best,
Sylvia
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Thu May 2, 2013
Keith Keller answered:
Hi Ferrisr001, Of course it is! I will take it that you are looking to rent in the way you question is worded. So here's the deal. As a long time landlord I can attest to the difficulty of renting to a tenant with a large dog so here's what you do. Offer a dog damage deposit! It should be brought up as soon as you ask if the landlord will take a large dog. Second ask that the landlord come meet your big (hopefully) sweet and lovable dog and be prepaired to show that your dog will follow simple commands like "out " or "sit". You need to demonstrate that you have your dog under control at all times and his or her behavior is not destructive! Finally be ready to do a simple demonstration of you control of the dog so the landlord can be put at ease. And don't for get the old "the dog stays in the garage pitch"... ... more
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