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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Broad Ripple

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you own a four-legged friend or are looking to bring one home in the near future, you’re going to need to find a pet-friendly apartment in Broad Ripple.  However, “pet-friendly” can be a bit misleading. Unfortunately, the “pet-friendly” term doesn’t share the same meaning from property to property. Some pet-friendly apartment complexes might actually mean that you can have a a pet, but only with limits on the breed or size. While other Broad Ripple apartment communities might even have additional amenities for your dog like designated areas for your dog to play or complimentary waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Broad Ripple, what things should you look at to find the one that is perfect for your needs?

Begin By Looking At The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A property is only as friendly to pets as its pet policy. The pet policy outlines what restrictions you have in regard to pet ownership. Some policies offer great flexibility and let you have any pet. Some place restrictions on dog breeds. Others may place limits on the number of pets, size or weight. And then some pet policies ban dogs completely and only permit cats or small caged animals.

Very few apartments have limits on cat breeds. A pet policy that restricts just how many animals are allowed in one household is usually much more likely. There also may be additional costs associated with your pets, such as increased monthly rent or costs for cleaning after move-out, or a non-returnable pet deposit you have to pay when you move in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t automatically mean that the complex isn’t friendly to animals—provided you and your pet fit the parameters. However, if you own a dog like an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are caring for a litter of kittens, you should definitely carefully review the pet policy before you get invested in a particular property.

Inspect The Pet Amenities During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Broad Ripple apartment community

Just as you’d inspect the gym on your in-person tour, be sure to look at the accommodations for pets. Designated dog parks give your pooch the opportunity to burn off excess energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Stations with disposal bags, trash cans, and water bowls help keep the community clean. Some properties even have playdates or discounts on grooming for residents!

Although these accommodations for pets seem wonderful on paper, the actual test of their pet-friendliness is just how well they are cared for. If the place for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much useless. Pet-friendly complexes make sure that waste disposal bags are regularly available and that the cans don’t overflow. When you set up your in-person tour in Broad Ripple, be sure to note whether the amenities for pets are as well-cared for as the ones for the humans.

Take A Look At A Number of Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you can’t decide whether a property is pet-friendly or not, make sure to take a look at reviews on the Broad Ripple apartment complex. Many people who live in apartments consider their dogs or cats as a significant part of their family and like to share the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You might find out that maintenance comes prepared with treats to hand out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the complex’s office sets up an adoption day with the local humane society. You probably can mark those down in the pet-friendly column.

Reviews will also tell you of the communities that won’t refund security deposits at move-out because of costs associated with pet cleaning, or the ones who impose excessive fees for dogs and cats. Just don’t let one single negative review affect your decision, but if you see a trend of angry pet owners, then you may want to look at another community.

Park 66 Flats Would Love To Make Our Property Your New Place To Call Home In Broad Ripple For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment in Broad Ripple, make sure you consider Park 66 Flats. We’re glad to to have you visit the place where you and your cat or dog can call home. Just give us a call at 317-820-2209 or select the schedule a tour button below.  We also have virtual tours! If you are unable to make it to the property, explore our virtual tours.