Survey Says 90% of Renters Have Pets

According to a recent nationwide survey of more than 1,000 renters, nearly 90% have pets, and more than half of those who don't plan to become pet owners within the next year.

The survey, by Apartments.com, found that pets are being made a priority by renters during their apartment search, with 80% of respondents said a pet-friendly policy played a major role in where they chose to live and 30% sought out an apartment in close proximity to desirable pet amenities such as dog parks, walking trails and a veterinary office. 

As devoted pet owners, renters are holding on to their felines and canines even when faced with obstacles during their apartment search. While the majority of respondents experienced difficulty finding an apartment that allowed pets, 89% said they were not put in a position where they had to choose between their beloved animal and a place to live.

The company that created the survey said they have seen an upward trend of more properties welcoming pets. 65% of people who had to give up their pets did so only because they could not find an apartment with a pet-friendly policy, and 27% did so because they could not afford the pet deposit. Over half of the survey respondents paid more than $200 for a pet deposit.

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