So, you’ve finally found the perfect place to call home for you and your non-human companion. There’s only one problem – they don’t allow pets. Bummer, but don’t throw in the towel just. One suggestion could be taking a negotiation class to help convince a potential landlord that you may just be their ideal tenant.
For now, try these tips from negotiation training experts to get both you and your pet through the door.
Offer to pay a higher security deposit
Understanding why your landlord is hesitant to allow pets on their property is key to negotiation success. In many cases, the risk of damage is the primary concern. One way to ease this worry is by paying a higher security deposit.
For one, it shows that you’re aware of the potential risks of damage. Also, agreeing to pay more shows that you’re willing to take financial responsibility for any accidents that may occur. You could even sweeten the deal by offering to deep clean the unit before moving out.
Offer to sign a longer lease
Do you know who hates the prospect of moving almost as much as you do? Landlords. They have to go through the hassle, risk and expense of finding new tenants and making repairs. It’s time-consuming and expensive. According to Roofstock, the average tenant turnover cost is around $2,500.
You can use the landlord’s allergy against hassle to your advantage by offering to sign a longer lease. This shows that you’re committed to staying in the rental for a longer period, which means the landlord won’t have to go through the headache of finding new tenants every year.
Provide references from past landlords
Negotiators are trained to support their arguments with solid facts. Borrow a leaf from their playbook. Don’t just say that you’re a great tenant who always pays rent on time. Prove it. Also, provide irrefutable evidence that you’re a responsible pet owner.
For instance, you could share references from past landlords. Has your furry friend completed a pet training course? Those would make great references, too. The goal is to provide as much evidence as possible that you and your pet will be respectful, well-behaved tenants.
Schedule an in-person meeting
It’s one thing to say that your two, four, or no-legged friend won’t chew up the furniture. It’s another to show it. So, plan to meet with your landlord and introduce them to your pet. Make sure they know of your intentions. The last thing you want is for someone with, say, ailurophobia (fear of cats) to come face to face with your King Tut Tut and all his cat shenanigans without warning.
Negotiation trainers suggest writing down your key points before the meeting. Then rehearse what you’re going to say. This will help you stay calm and collected as you present your points. You’ll also come across as confident, which will make it more likely that your landlord will take you seriously.
Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about finding a pet-friendly property. These negotiation strategies could help increase your chances of not having to go down one rabbit hole after another only to be let down by a no-pet policy. If your landlord takes you up on any of the above offers, make sure you get it in writing. This will help avoid any misunderstandings down the road.