What to look for in “dog friendly” apartment

Marin county in general is very pet friendly. You can bring your dog to a bank, have him/het sit with you on a patio in a nice restaurant, and walk it through a shopping mall. However, when it comes to apartment hunting in Marin things get a little tricky. You need to make sure to speak with the apartment community manager directly to  discuss your options.

  1. What is the pet rent and deposit? Most apartment complexes have a set rent that you have to pay for your pet. It ranges from $35 to $75 per month. Pet deposit is another thing they will charge you. Typically, it’s $250-500 one time fee refundable at the end of the lease minus the cleaning fees. Some apartment have different amounts they charge for cat vs dog.
  2. Do you have breed restrictions? Sadly, most apartments will not allow Huskies, Pit Bulls, Dobermans, German Shepherds and other “dangerous” breeds. You will need to speak with the office staff about the restrictions and how you might be able to get around them. Some places even have weight restrictions in which case even if you have the friendliest puppy but he’s chubbier than 25-50 pounds, he might not to allowed to live in the community.
  3. Does the community have a pet waste area or dog park? This is a very important part of apartment hunting in Marin. You need to make sure not only you’re allowed to have a dog but also that there’s a decent area for the pup to play, use bathroom, and even run off leash. Many apartments started to install fenced in dog runs to promote healthy and active living for dogs.

Overall, I love how pet friendly North Bay is. Anywhere you go, you will see cute pups hanging out on patios or lounging by storefronts. Most of them are better behaved than crazy spoiled kids, too.

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