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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in West Lafayette

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a pet or are looking to bring one home in a couple of months, you’ll need to locate a pet-friendly apartment in West Lafayette.  However, the term “pet-friendly” can seem quite vague. However, “pet-friendly” is vaguely defined. Some pet-friendly communities might really mean that you can have a a pet, but place restrictions on breed or size. While other West Lafayette apartments may even have thoughtful amenities for your dog such as designated dog parks or provided waste disposal bags.

With such dramatic differences in pet-friendly apartments in West Lafayette, how do you find one that fits you and your pet?

Start Off By Reviewing The Community’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

An apartment is only as friendly to dogs and cats as its pet policy. This policy goes over what restrictions you have in regard to pet ownership. Some policies are open-ended and allow you to own any pet you’d like. Some have restrictions on different types of dog breeds. Others might place limits on the number of pets, size or weight. And then some pet policies prohibit dogs entirely and only let you have cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Few apartments place limits on the types of cat breeds permitted. A policy that places restrictions on just how many pets are allowed in a single apartment is usually much more likely. There also may be extra costs associated with your animals, like more expensive monthly rent or cleaning costs when you move out, or a pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t automatically mean that the apartment isn’t friendly to pets—as long as you fit the parameters. However, if you have a dog such as a Great Dane, or are fostering a whole lot of tiny kittens, you should definitely check the policy before falling in love with a particular complex.

Inspect The Amenities For Pets During Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our West Lafayette apartment community

Just like you would inspect the pool on your apartment tour, make sure to check the amenities for pets. Designated dog parks give your doggie the chance to get out some energy and make some new puppy buddies. Frequent walking stations with disposal bags, garbage cans, and water bowls keep the community clean. Some complexes even set up pet playdates or grooming discounts for their four-legged residents!

Although these amenities are perfect on paper, the actual test of their pet-friendliness is how carefully they are cared for. If the area for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s more or less unusable. Complexes that welcome pets make sure that waste bags are regularly available and that the trash cans don’t overflow. When you arrange your tour of the community in West Lafayette, make sure that the amenities for pets are as well-cared for as the accommodations for the human residents.

Read Multiple Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Attitudes

If you can’t decide whether an apartment is pet-friendly or not, check out reviews on the West Lafayette apartment. Many apartment dwellers consider their fur-babies as an important part of the family and have no problem sharing their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You may discover that maintenance carries treats to give out when making a service call to your apartment. Or that the office hosts an adoption event with the humane society. You most likely can chalk those up in the “friendly to pets” category.

Apartment reviews will also expose the communities that will not give back security deposits at move-out because of cleaning costs, or the ones who charge an inordinate amount of monthly fees for dogs and cats. Just don’t let one negative opinion change your mind, but if you see a lot of angry dog and cat owners, then you may want to look elsewhere.

The Ivy Towns and Flats Would Love To Make Our Property Your New Place In West Lafayette For Both You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in West Lafayette, make sure to take a look at The Ivy Towns and Flats. We’d love to let you tour the apartment where you and your pet can call home. Just call at 765-300-4521 or select the schedule a tour button.  We also have virtual tours! If youare not able to make it to the property, take a look at our virtual tours.