Word on the street is that Boston is a very pet un-friendly town, at least where landlords are concerned. However, the truth is that South Boston, in particular, is very pet FRIENDLY. Joyce Lebedew Real Estate (JLRE), based in South Boston, makes a practice of carrying listings of rental properties whose landlords welcome pets. Indeed, JLRE has brokered the rental of approximately 1,400 pet-friendly homes! The company also has had a million dollars’ more market share in rental business than the next most successful local real estate company since 2008, showing that convincing landlords to allow pets has paid off.
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that more than 36% of households across the United States have a dog, and more than 30% have a cat. A 2012 study by a company called Mintel has a breakdown of the statistics of pet ownership, sharing that 62% of dog owners own one dog; 26% own two; 7% own 3 three and 5% own four or more. 49% of cat owners have one cat; 29% own two, 11% own three and 11% own four or more. With so many pet-loving potential home renters around, it seems reasonable that landlords allow – and even encourage and support – pet ownership in their units. At JLRE, we actually find pet owners more responsible and have never had a complaint or issue with any of the pets!
Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team
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