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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Bloomington

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you own a four-legged friend or are looking to bring one home in the near future, you are going to want to rent a pet-friendly apartment in Bloomington.  Unfortunately, the “pet-friendly” term can be quite vague. Unfortunately, the term “pet-friendly” isn’t very well defined. Some pet-friendly communities may actually allow you to own a dog or cat, but place restrictions on breed or size. While other Bloomington apartment communities may even offer additional accommodations for your dog such as designated parks for your dog to play or provided waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Bloomington, how do you discover the one that perfectly fits your needs?

Start Off By Looking At The Complex’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as pet-friendly as the pet policy. This policy goes over the guidelines you must follow in regard to pet ownership. Some pet policies offer great flexibility and allow you to own any pet you want. Some have restrictions on dog breeds. Others might put limitations on the number of pets, size or weight. And some other policies prohibit dogs entirely and only let you have cats or small caged animals.

Very few apartments have limits on the types of cat breeds allowed. It’s more common for a community to have a pet policy that restricts the number of pets that are allowed in one apartment. There are often increased charges connected to your animals, like higher rent or cleaning costs after move-out, or a non-returnable pet deposit due at move-in.

An elaborate pet policy doesn’t mean that the property isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you fit within the guidelines. However, if you own an animal like a Great Dane, or are parents to a litter of playful kittens, you should definitely check out the pet policy before signing the lease with a particular community.

Inspect The Amenities For Pets On Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Bloomington apartment community

Just as you would investigate the gym on your apartment tour, be sure to check out the pet amenities. Designated areas for your dog to play help your doggie run off some steam and make some new puppy buddies. Walking stations with bags for waste disposal, trash cans, and water bowls help maintain the community. Some complexes even offer pet playdates or grooming discounts for their four-legged residents!

Although these amenities for pets look wonderful on paper, the true test of their friendliness to pets is just how well they’re kept up. If the place for dogs to play is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s more or less unusable. Pet-friendly communities make certain that waste disposal bags are regularly refilled and that the cans don’t overflow. Basically, when you schedule your in-person tour in Bloomington, be sure to notice whether the amenities for pets are as well-cared for as the accommodations for humans.

Check Out Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you can’t decide whether a community is friendly to pets or not, take a look at reviews on the Bloomington apartment complex. Many people who live in apartments consider their dogs or cats as an important part of the family and have no problem relating the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You might discover that maintenance comes prepared with dog treats to hand out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the community’s office organizes a pet adoption event with the humane society. You probably can mark those down in the pet-friendly column.

These reviews will also reveal the properties that refuse to give back security deposits at move-out due to costs associated with pet cleaning, or the ones who demand an inordinate amount of rent for dogs and cats. Just don’t let one unflattering opinion sway you, but if you note a trend of disgruntled dog or cat owners, then you might think about looking elsewhere.

Echo Park Bloomington Can Be Your New Home In Bloomington For You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Bloomington, be sure to consider Echo Park Bloomington. We’re glad to show you the place where you and your cat or dog can be happy. Just call at 812-578-7394 or click the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have virtual tours! If you can’t make it to the property, check out our detailed virtual tours.