If you’re looking for a rental that allows pets, it probably seems like you have more options now. Some buildings relaxed their pet policies during the pandemic to encourage renters to sign leases when the market was slow.
But be aware: Just because a building says it is pet friendly, doesn’t always mean it is—so do your homework before signing a lease. Some so-called pet friendly buildings will allow cats and not dogs. Some buildings that permit dogs will have restrictions on sizes and breeds. And even if they permit your pooch, you might be stuck using a service entrance instead of the main lobby. You also can’t assume your pet is allowed in an outdoor amenity space like a courtyard. Keep in mind these restrictions don’t apply to service animals.
The easiest way to find out if your specific dog, or any pet, is allowed is to ask the landlord or building management directly. Your application may also spell out restrictions on breed, age, and size.
To help with your pet-friendly apartment search, check out these five for rent in Prospect Park South, Mott Haven, Bushwick, Astoria, and Hell’s Kitchen.
700 Ocean Ave., #1CC, Prospect Park South
This no-fee studio is listed for $1,950 with two months free on a 12-month lease. The apartment has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, several windows, stainless steel appliances, and Caesarstone countertops. The pet-friendly building has a live-in super, package room, and two elevators. Kings Theater and Prospect Park are nearby.
329 East 132nd St., #4H3, Mott Haven
This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,100 with two months free on a 24-month lease. Apartment #4H3 features hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, central air, stainless steel appliances, multiple closets, and an in-unit washer and dryer. The pet-friendly building has a virtual doorman, bike room, and gym. Pulaski Park and Randall’s Island are nearby.
28 Starr St., #3B, Bushwick
This no-fee two bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,750. The open-floor apartment has beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, central air, oversized windows, and split air conditioning. The pet-friendly building has a gym and courtyard. Maria Hernandez Park is nearby.
27-15 Astoria Blvd., #4F, Astoria
This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,900 with one month free on a 12-month lease. The apartment has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, central air, and a balcony. The pet-friendly building has a virtual doorman, roof deck, laundry room, and bike storage. Astoria Park is nearby.
300 West 53rd St., #6B, Hell’s Kitchen
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $3,300. Apartment #6B has high ceilings, moldings, hardwood floors, arched doorways, four closets, a renovated kitchen, and several windows. The pet-friendly building has a bike room, storage, and laundry room. Columbus Circle and Central Park are nearby.
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