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The Real Estate Broads of New York

Jul 15, 2021

Imagine the being you love most in the world not being able to live with them or even worse having them ruin your chances of getting your apartment! We are not talking about a crazy partner or an eccentric roommate, instead we are talking about your pets. NYC has gotten tougher with each year in terms of what buildings will allow and won’t allow regarding your pets. Today we are talking about pets in buildings and what to consider when you and Fido need to find a home.

The general guidelines for pets in buildings is there are pet policies and often there are weight, breed restrictions and the number of pets that you’re allowed. If you are a renter in a condo sometimes they only allow owners to have pets but renters are not allowed. It’s also important to know that if you have emotional support animals you are allowed to live everywhere and typically you have paperwork to prove this. You and your pet cannot be denied.

As an owner, a pet policy can either add or detract from the value of your home. If you don’t like pets you can opt to live in a building that doesn’t allow any pets but know that building rules do change and you might wind up owning in a building that changes the pet policy. Typically it’s harder to find buildings that allow pets. You want to follow the rules in buildings with pets as the building can ask your pet to leave if you don’t follow the rules. 

Make sure that you have the most current rules on pets as often what a listing says about an apartment might not be up-to-date. Be responsible for your pet and remember you’re living with other people and while they might live in your building that allows pets they might not like them so be respectful of others.

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