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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Renting with a GSD

We are renters that have a great relationship with our rental company. Three years ago when we moved in we were simply given a list of restricted breeds that did not include shepherds. Siberian Huskies,Akitas,American Eskimos,Rottweilers and Pitbulls were on it though. I have heard places typically use one of two lists of banned breeds and one list does not include the GSD.We paid two pet deposits plus an additional damage waiver for the dogs. One of the dogs was a GSD mix that we still have. They've seen him but have never complained so I am assuming they still have no issues with them. Our senior dog passed away and we were given a GSD puppy. I am just panicking that maybe their breed list changed or they would be upset. I am trying to think of a good way to word my inquiry or if I should just not worry about it. It was a bit unexpected as a well meaning family member decided to surprise us because we had mentioned the possibility of another dog and are known to be GSD lovers.
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Do they have a website that you can search for amy updates? I would not say anything. I would think if their list changed, residents would have been notified. Have fun with your 🐕.
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Do you have an updated lease renewal? If so, I would imagine it might be in the lease if gsd's are forbidden. Otherwise, I wouldn't say anything. You paid a pet deposit already and to the best of your knowledge the breed isn't banned. If they have a website you may find the information there as well.

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I wouldn’t say anything. To the best of your knowledge, the breed is not on the banned list. Probably better to ask forgiveness than permission in this case 😏.
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In my experience, most apartment complexes(not sure if you're renting a house or in an apartment) have a breed restriction list but nobody follows it. I have a rottie pit mix, his paper work says lab mix for housing purposes initially, and the first apartment we had there were dozens of pitbulls, even though I'm fairly certain they were banned. Nobody really cared, what they seem to care about more in my experience is pet fees/rent, not so much the breed itself. At least in my area, and all the apartments I've rented at that is.

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Do they have a website that you can search for amy updates? I would not say anything. I would think if their list changed, residents would have been notified. Have fun with your 🐕.
They don't have anything online. I'm just going to stop worrying about it because even when we renewed they didn't ask about the pets.
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Do you have an updated lease renewal? If so, I would imagine it might be in the lease if gsd's are forbidden. Otherwise, I wouldn't say anything. You paid a pet deposit already and to the best of your knowledge the breed isn't banned. If they have a website you may find the information there as well.
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In my experience, most apartment complexes(not sure if you're renting a house or in an apartment) have a breed restriction list but nobody follows it. I have a rottie pit mix, his paper work says lab mix for housing purposes initially, and the first apartment we had there were dozens of pitbulls, even though I'm fairly certain they were banned. Nobody really cared, what they seem to care about more in my experience is pet fees/rent, not so much the breed itself. At least in my area, and all the apartments I've rented at that is.
Thank you everyone! We rent a single family home on a quarter of an acre. They haven't sent us any updated pet list or even asked in the three years we've been here. We renewed again until 2020 this last March and they didn't question us. I'm just not going to worry about it because they've never had an issue with my mix and we rarely see the property managers as it is. I think if the dog doesn't cause a nuisance and isn't left outside alone frequently which she wouldn't be they really don't care.
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In my experience, most apartment complexes(not sure if you're renting a house or in an apartment) have a breed restriction list but nobody follows it. I have a rottie pit mix, his paper work says lab mix for housing purposes initially, and the first apartment we had there were dozens of pitbulls, even though I'm fairly certain they were banned. Nobody really cared, what they seem to care about more in my experience is pet fees/rent, not so much the breed itself. At least in my area, and all the apartments I've rented at that is.
If they have a list, it can be used on the back end of a problem. If a dog becomes a problem then management can say, "they are on the list" and evict the dog quickly. I've had a dog over the weight limit. Being good neighbors, management looked the other way. Just don't count on it because rental property can get sold and the new owners may have other ideas.

Bottom line, if your GSD has good manners there is a decent chance you won't have problems.
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Many rental companies have breed restrictions that they can choose to disregard or firmly adhered. Many overlook restrictions if no neighbors complain or no issues with the dog. It gives the landlord a way out so to speak if an issue pops it's ugly head. However, they pretty well have set a precedence by allowing your previous gsd.

That said, just keep enjoying your baby, don't ask, and train well!
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I've both rented as a tenant and as a property owner. All dogs were supposed to be approved by me. Management company didn't do due dilligence and one set of tenants had got a puppy in addition to their dog. They filled the carpets with dog urine. Don't be that tenant. Be diligent, clean any "mistakes" well, avoid destruction of woodwork, door knobs, floors and other parts of the property. Then you will be fine and the property owner will be pleased with you. (well, so long as you pay your rent, too.) -- One of my best tenants had several pets - dogs and cats.



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