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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Indianapolis

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you own a pet or are thinking about getting one soon, you’ll want to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis.  However, the term “pet-friendly” can be a bit misleading. Unfortunately, the “pet-friendly” term doesn’t share the same meaning from community to community. Some pet-friendly apartments might really allow you to own a dog or cat, but place restrictions on breed or size. While other Indianapolis apartments might even offer additional accommodations for your pet like dedicated parks for your dog to play or provided waste disposal bags.

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

Start Off By Looking At The Community’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as welcoming to pets as its pet policy. The pet policy details what restrictions you have concerning pet ownership. Some policies give great flexibility and permit you to own any pet you’d like. Some don’t allow certain the breeds of dogs. Others may put limitations on the size and number of pets. And then some policies prohibit dogs completely and only let you have cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Few apartments place limits on cat breeds. It’s more common to have a policy that has restrictions on just how many pets are permitted in a single household. There also may be additional charges associated with your animals, such as increased rent or cleaning costs after move-out, or a pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t automatically mean that the complex isn’t friendly to pets—provided you fit within the parameters. But if you have an animal like an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are fostering a whole bunch of kittens, you should definitely take a look at the pet policy before you get invested in the property.

Check The Pet Amenities During Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Indianapolis apartment community

Just as you’d view the pool on your apartment tour, make sure to check out the amenities for pets. Designated places for your dog to play give your doggie the room to run off some steam and make some new puppy buddies. Stations with waste disposal bags, trash cans, and communal water bowls help keep the community clean. Some communities even set up playdates or grooming discounts for furry four-legged residents!

Although these accommodations for pets seem great on paper, the measure of their pet-friendliness is how well they are cared for. If the area for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much unusable. Pet-friendly properties make sure that dog poop bags are regularly available and that the trash cans are emptied regularly. Basically, when you set up your apartment tour in Indianapolis, be sure to note whether the pet amenities are maintained as well as the human amenities.

Take A Look At A Number of Reviews To Learn More About Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are unsure whether a complex is pet-friendly or not, be sure to explore the reviews on the Indianapolis apartment. Many apartment dwellers consider their fur-babies as an important part of their family and have no problem sharing stories about their experiences. You might learn that maintenance brings dog treats to give out when making a service call to your apartment. Or that the office hosts an adoption event with the humane society. You probably can mark those down in the “friendly to pets” category.

Apartment reviews will also tell you of the properties that refuse to return deposits when you move out because of cleaning costs, or those who demand excessive fees for dogs and cats. Just don’t let a single negative opinion affect your decision, but if you see a whole slew of disgruntled dog and cat owners, then you might think about looking at another property.

The Line-Urban Flats on the Monon Can Be Your New Home In Indianapolis For You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis, make sure you take a look at The Line-Urban Flats on the Monon. We’re glad to to have you visit the apartment where both you and your pet can call home. Contact us at 317-659-6620 or select the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have virtual tours! If you are unable to visit the property, take a look at our detailed virtual tours.