The Best U.S. Cities for Renters with Pets

Having a pet as a renter can be challenging when you’re trying to find a place to stay. Although more properties are now pet friendly, many rentals still don’t allow you to bring your companion.

If you were to move, which cities are the ones where you’d have the best success rate in finding a pet friendly place? To find out, RENTCafé ranked 50 cities and scored them based on the number of pet-friendly rental properties, the monthly pet rent, and other additional costs.

Top Pet Friendly Cities

The first place is taken by Florissant, MO, where a surprising 91% of rental properties are pet-friendly. In second through fourth, respectively, are Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; and Kansas City, MO, which all show impressive numbers, as well. Fifth place is taken by Denver, CO, where 72% of rental properties are open to pets. Other bigger cities that made the list include Seattle, WA, at #12; Las Vegas, NV, at #15; and Los Angeles, CA, at #36.

San Francisco, CA registered the highest average monthly pet rent at $52, as well as the highest average for additional fees, which came in around $430. However, according to the study, the percentage of San Francisco properties that are pet friendly is 78%, which makes it the 5th best city for percentage of pet-friendly rental properties. The second-highest average monthly rent was recorded in Memphis, TN, at $45; Los Angeles followed very closely at $44 per month.

Most Common Pet-Related Restrictions in Rentals

The study also looked at the most common restrictions in rental apartments and found 31% had restrictions on the type of pet; breed restrictions came in as a close second at 28%. The number of pets, their weight, age, and health are other limitations that appeared frequently among property descriptions.

It’s tough when you find an amazing apartment only to learn that it is not pet-friendly. Knowing which cities have the most options for pet owners can save you a lot of time and stress. Check out the full study to see other cities that made the list and look at the methodology of the report.

About the author:

Mihaela is a passionate reader and writer, with an affinity for language and linguistics, as well as the latest technological developments. She discovered her passion for real estate at RENTCafé, and you can read more of her articles on their blog.


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