Pets and Apartments
I'm posting this here because financial issues are a HUGE factor in this situation, so please bear with me. Ok, you may remember my post last week, trying to figure out whether or not I could afford to move to a better neighborhood (apparently there's a pretty high concentration of registered sex offenders where I live now, among other issues). I worked it out, and I figured that I could pull it off. ...and then I ran into a snag. I have 2 pets: a cat and a rabbit. The complex states "small animals welcome." However, my coworker, who lives there, told me that technically, they only allow one pet per apartment. (Incidentally, my coworker has 2 cats, but nobody has ever noticed.) **Please Note: Giving up a pet is NEVER an option for me. I've had the rabbit for 7 years, and the cat for almost 4. The whole reason I ended up in my ghetto apartment in the first place is because it was the only place I could afford (at the time) that allowed pets.** Since some places don't "count" pets in cages, I was hoping that the prospective apartment would let me slide with 2 pets. However, before I even got a chance to talk to the manager, I found out today (from another friend who lives there), that there is a clause in the lease specifically prohibiting rabbits and ferrets. Have any of you tried to "negotiate" for a pet that wasn't supposed to be allowed? I can only imagine that the reasoning is either that rabbits are destructive or that they smell (which is not true if you take care of them properly). The rabbit is spayed, litter trained, in a cage, and only out under supervision (and even at that, she has a huge collapsable pen to run around in; it's not like she's able to get into trouble). The reason this is a poor skill is that the only other "pet friendly" apartments I've found are a) way out of my price range, or b) in really bad parts of town (how bad? 155 registered sex offenders in a 1-mile radius, if I move any closer to the city). So I feel like this is my only hope, but I'm not giving up my pet -- the most consistent fixture in my life for the past 7 years -- even for a nicer apartment and safer neighborhood. So if you have any tips for "pleading our case" to the building manager, please let me know. My friend suggested just sneaking the rabbit in (and I have done that in previous apartments where I wasn't supposed to have ANY pets), but I really don't want to risk an eviction.