Pet Friendly Housing, The Buyers Dilemma

Do you have any pets?

The one question that Real Estate asks and most in the industry fear the answer for any buyer who is looking for a co-op, condo, or rental apartment.

But Why?

Although the pet policies in the State of New York have changed dramatically since the mid 20th century, when in almost all cases no pets were allowed in rental buildings, it is still very difficult for pet owners to find rental apartment or to purchase co-op’s and condo’s in New York City along with surrounding suburbs like Westchester.

Nonetheless, many buildings in recent years have amended their pet policies to allow pets restricted by weight or breed. Many buildings have also begun to recognize the therapeutic value of having a pet and have allowed homeowners and/or renters to bring pets into the building as emotional support animals.

Even with all these changes, it is not easy for those who are searching in the New York City or Westchester County area to find housing if they are pet owners. Lets just put it this way, their are currently about 800 co-op apartments for sale in the entire county of Westchester, 100 of which accept pets! Therefore their about 100 co-ops on the market that will accept a pet currently, that makes it very tough to be a buyer in our current market!

Cats are wee bit easier to get into buildings, as most people keep their cats indoors so many buildings are not troubled by Cats, dogs are unfortunately a greater hurdle, and this is where in fact many co-op and condo’s have house rules restricting the weight of these animals and in many cases restrict against non aggressive breeds such as pit bulls, Rottweiler’s, and Dobermans.

Difficult but not impossible, and many buildings as stated earlier are changing their policies to conform with owners that have emotional support animals and are modernizing their policies. Do not be too discouraged, their is hope and there is plenty of great buildings that allow pets, you just have to be diligent and ready to jump on them when they reach the market.

Frank Morris

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

71 Pondfield Road

Bronxville NY 10708




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