Pets can be expensive. And so can moving. Pets + moving? Well, Apartments.com did the math in it's 2014 Pet-Friendly Renting Trends Survey and revealed the high price pet owners pay to take in a furry companion.
According to the survey of some 3,000 people across the U.S., close to 80 percent of renters were required to pay a deposit for a pet (up from around 60 percent in 2013), with half of those shelling out more than $200 per year. But that's provided renters were able to find a pet-friendly spot to call home in the first place. 64 percent of survey respondents say they had a hard time finding an apartment that allowed pets during their search. The most likely to be turned away? Large dogs, though cats were the most popular pet among the apartment hunters surveyed.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Michael Dillon, president of Dillon Media, which publishes an annual report on the pet industry, said pet ownership and spending in the U.S. are at record highs. And while that has prompted property owners to loosen many of the restrictions they had on pets years ago (this D.C. landlord will ONLY rent to people with big dogs) pet owners still face challenges when it comes to finding a place to live.
Here's more of what Apartments.com found: