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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Carmel

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a dog or cat or are looking to get one in the near future, you are going to want to rent a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel.  Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” can seem a bit fuzzy. However, the “pet-friendly” term doesn’t share the same meaning from property to property. Some pet-friendly properties may actually give you the option to have a pet, but with breed or size restrictions. While other Carmel apartment communities might even have thoughtful amenities for your dog like designated dog parks or complimentary waste disposal bags.

With such a difference in pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, what things should you look at to discover one that is perfect for your needs?

Start By Reading Over The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A property is only as friendly to dogs and cats as its pet policy. The pet policy outlines the rules and restrictions in regard to pet ownership. Some policies give great flexibility and permit you to keep any pet you’d like. Some place restrictions on the breeds of dogs. Others might place limits on how many pets you’re allowed, as well as how much they weigh. And some other pet policies prohibit dogs completely and only allow you to have indoor cats or small animals such as hamsters.

Few apartments place restrictions on the types of cat breeds allowed. It’s more common for a community to have a policy that limits just how many animals are permitted in a single household. There also may be increased fees connected to your pets, such as higher rent or cleaning costs when you and your pet move out, or a non-returnable pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t mean that the property isn’t friendly to pets—just as long as you and your pet fit the parameters. However, if you have an animal like an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Great Dane, or are fostering a whole lot of newborn kittens, you should carefully read over the policy before you get invested in a particular community.

Check The Available Pet Amenities During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Carmel apartment community

Just like you’d inspect the gym and pool on your tour, be sure to look at the pet amenities. Dedicated areas for your dog to play give your pooch the room to burn off excess energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Frequent walking stations with waste disposal bags, garbage cans, and communal water bowls help maintain the community. Some apartments even offer pet playdates or discounts on grooming for furry four-legged residents!

Although these amenities for pets seem wonderful on paper, the actual measure of their pet-friendliness is how carefully they are maintained. If the dog park is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much useless. Pet-friendly communities make certain that dog poop bags are always available and that the trash cans aren’t overflowing. When you set up your in-person tour in Carmel, be sure to note whether the amenities for pets are maintained as carefully as the human amenities.

Read A Number of Reviews To Learn More About Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you can’t determine whether an apartment is a good place for a pet or not, take a look at reviews on the Carmel apartment. Many apartment dwellers view their fur-babies as part of their family and willingly share the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You might learn that maintenance comes prepared with dog treats to give out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the community’s office sets up an adoption day with the humane society. You most likely can place those in the pet-friendly column.

Apartment reviews will also reveal the communities that won’t return security deposits at move-out due to costs associated with pet cleaning, or those who charge an inordinate amount of fees for pets. Just don’t let one single unfavorable opinion change your mind, but if you note a whole mob of dissatisfied pet owners, then you may consider looking at another complex.

Midtown Flats Can Be Your New Place To Call Home In Carmel For You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel, make sure you consider Midtown Flats. We’d love to let you tour the apartment where both you and your pet can be comfortable. Just give us a call at 317-597-4596 or select the button below to schedule a tour.  We also offer virtual apartment tours! If you can’t come in for a visit, explore our detailed virtual tours.