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Toward a Kinder, Gentler Union Between Landlords and Pets

Many apartments prohibit pets as a matter of course. Here’s how to establish a détente.
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A week before their move from Maryland to Colorado, Hannah Pinkerton and Andrew Schubauer still didn’t have housing on the other end. They’d spent months searching online for rental properties in Fort Collins that would permit a Doberman Pinscher, a Lab mix, and a Beagle. No luck.

“There was only one complex that allowed our combination of pets, and it was ridiculously expensive. I felt panicked,” says Pinkerton, 26, who teaches Spanish. “My backup plan was to tent camp in the local parks until we could find a place.”