I get these two questions about pet friendly rentals all the time.

  1. How can Bend, Oregon claim to be DogTown, USA when finding a dog-friendly rental is so difficult?
  2. Why are cats considered the “Antichrist” of Bend’s rental world?

Dogs: Rental Friend or Foe?

It’s true. The people of Bend love their dogs, and the city of Bend has done a stellar job transforming Bend into a dog’s paradise. Between the accessible dog-friendly trails, the fantastic array of off-leash dog parks, and free dog treats stocked at all the gas stations and drive-thrus, Fido is living the dream! Yet, with all of these wonderful accommodations for our furry friends, the landlords in Bend have proven to be anything but accommodating. According to our data, it’s 50% harder to find a rental with a dog and 70% harder with two dogs. More and more rentals are popping up listing “No Pets Allowed” and even when they are allowed, there is a $500 pet deposit fee per pet. Yes, that’s right. If you have two dogs, that’s $1,000 you have to hand over in addition to your security deposit and pre-payment of rent.

So, what can you do to make it easier to secure a rental with dogs?

  • Make sure that you have pet references stating that your dog is quiet, respectful, and hasn’t caused damage to previous properties.
  • Have copies of medical/vaccine records and proof that their rabies tags are current.
  • Have photos of your dog showing they are properly groomed and that their nails are short.
  • Have photos of your current residence, specifically of the floors to show there is no pet damage.
  • To avoid any surprises or hassles, check to see if your dog’s breed is listed on the Insurance Company Blacklist. Unfortunately, many landlords and property management companies will not accept these breeds.

If You Think Dogs Are Frowned Upon, Good Luck with Your Cats!

Personally, I am a cat person which I didn’t realize until I got a dog. Though I am a true cat lover, objectively, I understand why they are a landlord’s nightmare. Though they are small, low maintenance, and pretty fastidious when it comes to cleanliness, when owning a cat goes wrong, it REALLY goes wrong. Nothing ruins a floor or furniture faster than cat pee. So from a landlord’s perspective, I get why, sadly, 30% of rental listings allow cats and only 15% will accept two. I feel more confident presenting landlords with a client who has multiple assault records and bankruptcies than one who has multiple cats. By no means am I suggesting you get rid of the cats. In fact, Bend Relocation Services has a “No Animals Left Behind” motto. These statistics are merely to give you a heads-up.

So, what can you do to make it easier to secure a rental with cats?

  • Make sure that you have pet references stating that your cat is quiet, respectful, and didn’t cause damage to previous properties.
  • Provide a letter from your landlord or an outside party stating that your current residence does not smell like cat urine or a litter box.
  • Have copies of medical/vaccine records and proof that their rabies tags are current.

How Can Bend Relocation Services Help You Find Pet Friendly Rentals?

From dogs and cats to goats and chickens, we have found a rental for all! Though rental options are significantly narrowed when a pet is added to the mix, there is always a home that will take them. Please feel free to contact us no matter how many animals are in your family. Four dogs and three cats are our domesticated record and we are always up for the challenge to find pet friendly rentals!