Proving that a cat or dog can be a well-behaved member of an apartment community can be a bit challenging. Most landlords have had some bad experiences when they have allowed pets to live in their rental units. Being prepared for this issue is half the battle.
Don’t just rely on telling a landlord that Fido or Fluffy is a model citizen — be ready to prove it. Get a signed letter from the previous landlord that says your pet is well behaved and not a bother to neighbors. The Web site for The Humane Society of the United States has a sample "letter of reference from a landlord" as well as a "sample resume" that you can use as a template for your own.
The Web site also has a section dedicated to the concerns of rental managers, which is a terrific resource. You can learn how to move with pets more easily by anticipating the issues that can be raised ahead of time. Pet waste, damage to property, odors and fleas are all potential issues that can be raised by those who own or operate an apartment building. Having your responses ready for these concerns can put you in a better position when looking for a new place to live.