Dog-Friendly Digs

April 28th, 2007 by Aileen

If you’re a dog owner looking for a place to live in New York City, get ready to pay — and I mean pay.

Photo by Erica Blasdel

An article in today’s New York Times said that many dog owners pay up to $500 more in rent per month for the privilege of bringing their four-legged friends along.

Even if you’re looking to buy a place, you can expect to pay heavily for having pets. According to the article:

In February, Ms. Cohen, a 29-year-old Prudential Douglas Elliman broker, closed on a one-bedroom condop that she is now putting through a gut renovation. She said she made an offer on the spot because she felt so desperate to find a home for her dogs.
“I would have negotiated if I didn’t have dogs,” she said, but being a dog owner takes away a buyer’s leverage.
“I was willing to pay $50,000 more on a $650,000 apartment,” she said.

I have to respect the fact that people care so strongly about their animals that they’re not willing to give them up, no matter what the cost. But it seems as if apartment managers and co-op boards are just gouging dog owners with their prices because they know they can. Even the most disobedient dog in the world wouldn’t cause the kind of damage that would justify the fees that New York City pet owners are forced to pay.

So, if you’re looking for pet-friendly housing that won’t kill your bank account, where do you start? The internet, of course. Through most of the country (though maybe not NYC), it’s entirely possible to find pet-friendly rentals at an affordable price, and not have to jump through hoops to get in.

For a few general guidelines, check out Oh My Apartment’s “5 Steps to Renting Pet Friendly Apartments.” For country-wide listings throughout the United States, sites like,, and should have what you’re looking for. You can also check your city’s Craigslist board or newspaper listings, which will usually specify whether pets are or aren’t welcome.

Sooner or later, you should be able to find the perfect place for you and your pet — you may not be in the hottest part of town, but isn’t it more important to have your best friend around?

Here are some suggestions of great dog breeds for apartment living.

3 Responses to “Dog-Friendly Digs”

  1. David Says:

    One way around this would be to create a clever disguise.

  2. Kathy Hawkins Says:

    Wow — that’s incredible. Yet somehow not surprising. Thanks for the link. I’m sure you’re right… Give your dog a Marilyn Monroe wig and you’ll get the penthouse suite.

  3. gern Says:

    Dogs rule! I’d never leave mine behind. Ever.

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