Most Renters Have Pets, Despite Challenges

There has been a massive leap in pet-owning renters. That’s if a survey by Apartments.com is to be believed, which found that 75 percent of renters they contacted said they are pet owners, up from 43 percent last year.

While surveying 1,100 people is hardly a slam dunk scientific argument, there may be something to it if you look at how the ebb and flow has coincided with a struggling, and now, recovering economy. According to an American Veterinary Medical Association survey released last year, the Great Recession had a significant impact on the first decline in pet ownership since 1991.

The elephant in the room, or Great Dane in this case, is how many of these pet owners are doing it with the blessing of their landlord and how many are hiding their furry (or feathered) friends from them. The bond with our pets can make us do some pretty crazy things.

“Nearly 80 percent of our survey respondents live in a pet-friendly building, indicating both landlords and residents without pets are increasingly recognizing that pet owners are, for the most part, responsible and respectful neighbors,” said Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager, Apartments.com. “However, more than 60 percent of the renters also said they faced some level of difficulty in finding accommodations for them and their pets.”

So we pet owners are responsible “in large part,” not mentioning that other 20 percent of us who risk eviction for the love of our animals.

Of those renters surveyed, their pet of choice broke down as follows:

  • Cat: 45%
  • Small dog: 38%
  • Medium dog: 21%
  • Large dog: 19%
  • Fish: 6%

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75 comments

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Jason, for Sharing this!

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H4 years ago

ta

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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

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Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Noted

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Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago

i love animals

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Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago

noted

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Jason, for Sharing this!

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Christine W.
Christine W4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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CHRISTINANICKI G.
.4 years ago

a good thing renters have pets(for both),thank you for sharing

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Christie C.
Christie C4 years ago

If your landlord doesn't allow cats or dogs, ask about other pets. Sometimes you get lucky, and get to share your life with other animals who also have wonderful personalities.
That's how we got our ducks, which are quite the pet experience! Some folks even keep their ducks indoors, with handmade diapers that you can buy online.
Our landlord used to own ducks, so she immediately agreed. Before we asked about them, she had said "no pets."

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