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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Lafayette

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a pet or are thinking about getting one in the near future, you’ll need to find a pet-friendly apartment in Lafayette.  However, “pet-friendly” can be unclear. However, the “pet-friendly” term doesn’t share the same meaning from community to community. Some pet-friendly apartments may really give you the option to have a pet, but with breed or size restrictions. Other Lafayette apartment communities have accommodations for your pet such as dedicated dog parks or complimentary waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Lafayette, what things should you look at to locate one that is perfect for you and your pet?

Start Off By Reading Over The Property’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A property is only as welcoming to dogs and cats as the pet policy. The pet policy goes over what restrictions you have in regard to pet ownership. Some pet policies are open-ended and permit you to keep any pet you’d like. Some place restrictions on the breeds of dogs. Others may put limitations on the number of pets, size or weight. And then some pet policies prohibit dogs entirely and only permit indoor cats or small animals such as hamsters.

Few apartments have limits on the types of cat breeds allowed. A pet policy that has limits on just how many animals are authorized in one household is much more likely. There also might be increased costs connected to your animals, such as increased rent or cleaning costs after move-out, or a non-refundable pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t necessarily mean that the community isn’t “pet-friendly”—just as long as you and your pet fit the parameters. But if you own an animal like a Great Dane, or are parents to a whole bunch of tiny kittens, you should check the pet policy before you fall in love with the community.

Check The Pet Amenities During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Lafayette apartment community

Just like you’d inspect the pool on your tour, make sure to take a look at the accommodations for pets. Dedicated places for your dog to play give your pup the opportunity to run off some steam and make some new puppy buddies. Walking stations with bags for waste disposal, garbage cans, and water bowls help keep the community clean. Some communities even set up organized pet playdates or grooming discounts for furry four-legged residents!

Although these accommodations for pets look perfect on paper, the actual test of their pet-friendliness is just how carefully they are cared for. If the dog park is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s basically unusable. Pet-friendly properties ensure that waste disposal bags are always refilled and that the cans aren’t overflowing. When you set up your apartment tour in Lafayette, be sure to note whether the accommodations for pets are maintained as carefully as the amenities for humans.

Take A Look At A Number of Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are unsure whether a complex is friendly to pets or not, take a look at reviews on the Lafayette apartment complex. Many apartment dwellers consider their pets as an important part of the family and like to share the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You may discover that the maintenance staff carries dog treats to pass out during service calls. Or that the office sets up a pet adoption event with the humane society. You most likely can place those in the “friendly to pets” column.

These reviews will also be able to tell you of the properties that won’t give back security deposits because of costs associated with pet cleaning, or those who demand an inordinate amount of rent for dogs and cats. Try not to let a single unfavorable opinion affect your decision, but if you see a lot of angry pet owners, then you may consider looking at another complex.

Can Be Your New Place To Call Home In Lafayette For You And Your Pet

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Lafayette, make sure you consider . We’d love to show you the apartment where both you and your pet can be happy. Just give us a call at 765-771-7085 or select the schedule a tour button below.  We also have virtual tours! If you are unable to visit the property, explore our detailed virtual tours.