renting with a dog
We have secured an excellent property on the north shore and in the end had our pick of 3 very good properties. Thats despite having a labrador albeit very well trained.
In the end we put togther a portfolio about ourselves which was full of references going back years. We put togther a few photographs of us all with our dog and a bit of narrative about the type of people we are and what the landlord can expect from us. You really need something thats going to stand you out from the crowd. There were tons of people viewing the properties we went to see but none that went to the lengths we did to put our case forward.
Speaking to the landlords its very clear that they get a lot of excellent potential tenants for every property so you really need to stand out. In the end like i say we were offered three properties all of which were excellent so it can be done.
Before you come over just make sure that you have references for everyone and even for the dog and maybe a few photographs and reassurances that the pet isnt a destructive animal. Im sure if you do this youll be fine. If you have no rental history then even bring copies of your mortgage statememt which shows youve met payments for a number of years, even this will stand you out from the crowd and show your dependable.
As for costs, we have a labrador and it cost 1900 pound to get it over and then the injections of top. When we picked her up from wellington she was very dissorientated and her tail had been damaged. the quarentine which costs a fortune were dreadfull to be honests but in wellington i dont think you have a choice its the only one.
In a nut shell, if you put yourself out you will find something no problem with your dog. Unfortunately i cant help you with the cost of shipping your dog, i think its an expensive business all round.
What i found was that for every 10 properties you looked at only 1 would be what you were looking for, photos can be very deceiving. My advice would be to view very few good solid properties that you have a good feeling about rather then trying to view a lot that turn out to be not what you expected. Its costs time and money and stress travelling round viewing properties and i could have got the same property by being far more selctive on what i viewed.
Sorry to go a bit but hope this helps.
I posted a few weeks ago about renting with a dog as we are planning to make the move later in the year and have a 9 year old lab we are bringing with us. He's also very well trained (ex-drugs dog) so that may be helpful.
Also, I remember reading that some may say no pets but it is worth asking the owner as it may be negotiable esp if they meet your dog.
Out of interest what dog do you have and how much was the shipping costs...any tips as we are about to start the process...looks like we may have to move a few months before him with the new rabies jabs needed and them having to have had the first 6 months prior to leaving the Uk :-(
Good look and will be interested to know how you get on house hunting and if you have any advice for when we arrive...we'll be looking to rent near Albany...