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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Indianapolis

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a four-legged friend or are thinking about getting one in a couple of months, you’re going to need to rent a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis.  Unfortunately, the “pet-friendly” term can actually be a bit misleading. However, the “pet-friendly” term is vaguely defined. Some pet-friendly properties may really give you the option to own a a pet, but place limits on the breed or size. Other Indianapolis apartment complexes may even offer thoughtful amenities for your dog like designated dog parks or provided waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Indianapolis, how do you find the one that fits your needs?

Begin By Reading Over The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as friendly to dogs and cats as the pet policy. The policy details the guidelines you must follow concerning pet ownership. Some policies give great flexibility and allow you to keep any pet. Some place restrictions on different types of dog breeds. Others might place limits on the number of pets, size or weight. And then some policies prohibit dogs completely and only permit housebound cats or small caged animals.

Few apartments limit the types of cat breeds allowed. A policy that restricts the number of animals authorized in one household is usually more likely. There also might be increased charges associated with having a pet, like higher rent or cleaning costs when you move out, or a pet deposit you have to pay when you move in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t automatically mean that the apartment isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you fit the parameters. However, if you own a dog like a Great Dane or an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are parents to a litter of kittens, you should definitely check out the pet policy before you get invested in a particular property.

Inspect The Amenities For Pets During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Indianapolis apartment community

Just as you would view the pool on your tour, make sure to check out the amenities for pets. Designated dog parks help your doggie run off some steam and make some new puppy buddies. Walking stations with bags for waste disposal, trash cans, and water bowls keep the community clean. Some properties even set up pet playdates or discounts on grooming for furry four-legged residents!

Even though these amenities for pets are perfect on paper, the true measure of their pet-friendliness is just how carefully they’re kept up. If the dog park is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s pretty much unusable. Communities that welcome pets make sure that waste disposal bags are consistently in stock and that the cans aren’t overflowing. Basically, when you set up your in-person tour in Indianapolis, be sure to note whether the pet amenities are maintained as well as the amenities for humans.

Check Out A Number of Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Attitudes

If you are on the fence of whether an apartment is pet-friendly or not, be sure to check out reviews on the Indianapolis apartment community. Many apartment dwellers view their dogs or cats as a significant part of the family and willingly share their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You might find out that the maintenance staff carries dog treats to pass out when making a service call to your apartment. Or that the complex’s office organizes a pet adoption event with the humane society. You probably are safe to put those in the “friendly to pets” column.

Reviews will also reveal the complexes that refuse to return deposits when you move out because of cleaning costs, or those who impose an inordinate amount of monthly fees for dogs and cats. Try not to let one unflattering review change your mind, but if you see a lot of irritated pet owners, then you may want to look elsewhere.

Linden Square Village Apartments Would Love To Make Our Property Your New Place In Indianapolis For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis, be sure to consider Linden Square Village Apartments. We’re glad to show you the apartment where you and your cat or dog can be happy. Contact us at 317-333-6914 or click the button below to schedule a tour.  We also offer virtual tours! If youare not able to visit the property, check out our detailed virtual tours.