I love animals. In fact, I have a cute little maltese who has been with me for 5 years . So when I got an offer to work in Singapore, the first thing that came into mind was how I can find a home for Queen Elizabark. I was uncertain if I would get a place to rent in Singapore where the landlords would allow any animals in the house. And if they did, how would I get about doing it?
After a very long and stressful search, I finally found an apartment that allowed pets. There were a lot of rules and procedures. Some of which include:
- Written introduction and description of myself and my pet
- Face to face Interview (with Queen Elizabark)
- Pet policy
- Pet Damage Deposit
- Extra $XX per month on top of the usual rent
I couldn’t bear living without Queen Elizabark so I sucked it up and paid my first deposit. It was pricey, so I guess I get to eat my boxed mac and cheese for the many months to come – double whammy.
From this experience, I learnt a few lessons:
- Give yourself enough time.
Moving to a brand new place is already a huge hassle, much less finding one that accepts pets. If you are planning to rent in Singapore soon, start to check ads and contact real estate agents and rental agencies at least eight weeks before your lease expires. Having more time also means that you might have a higher chance of finding more than one pet friendly house, thus giving you better options to choose from.
- Show that you’re a responsible pet owner
Show your prospective landlords that you’re responsible. Provide as many documents as possible to convince them. If possible, provide the following documents:
- A letter of reference from your current landlord or condominium association verifying that you are a responsible pet owner.
- Written proof that your adult dog has completed or has already been enrolled in a training class.
- A letter from your veterinarian or documentation that your pet has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
- Be willing to pay a little extra.
Tell your prospective landlord that you are willing to pay an extra deposit to cover any damages your pet might make to the property.
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