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where can we rent a home that does not discriminate on dog breed?

we are in the process of moving fron NJ to Fl. All was going great until we find out that we cannot rent a home due to our rottweiller is on the dangerous breed list! We found a nice home to rent temporarily until we find a home to buy. Where can you rent a home for 6 months that will accept our rotty? need it near our daughters home. We are desperate since we just sold our home in NJ and need to vacate by end of this month. Help!
  • September 07 2012 - Tampa
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The other poster had an important point about breeds and insurance.   When I purchase home insurance for purchasing a house they asked about my dogs' breeds.  Therefore, you may make it clear that you have obtained your own insurance to cover liability for your dog.
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Thank you all for your quick response. We will keep searching....
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When it comes to agressive dogs or to pets in general there are no set guidelines. Each property manager handles this differently as well as each owner. My recommendation is that you work with a Realtor who can make the calls to the property managers and do the leg work ahead of time so that you know which homes in the area will allow your dog. There may only be one or two who will work with you.
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Could it be the owner's homeowners insurance will not allow certain breeds?

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The first step is to investigate whether there is breed specific legislation in the area of interest.     If that is the case, you'll need to look outside the limits.

The second step is to get a Canine Good Citizen certificate for your dog.  (All owners with dogs wishing to rent should get this).   You can use this to negotiate with landlords.   Individual landlords are often more willing to consider a well mannered dog than the large property management firms.

You have several things going against you - most landlords aren't interested in a six month lease (so be prepared to pay more), and many places discriminate against larger dogs even when the breed is something such as a golden retriever.

Good luck.



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