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Urban renters who own pets pay an average of 3.5 percent more!

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Rental Affordability For Pet Owners By Major Metropolitan Area

The data compiled by HotPads shows that renters with pets can pay drastically more in rent each month depending on where they live in the U.S. In Manhattan, renters pay an average of $300 more per month than renters without pets, while renters in Los Angelestypically don’t pay any additional cost.

In metros where the average cost of pet-friendly apartments is less than other apartments, it is likely that buildings where pets are welcome tend to be older, or have fewer amenities, and are already priced lower.

Rental Premiums for Pet Owners Based on Metro Area*

% Rent Premium

$ Rent Premium

Atlanta, GA



Queens, NY



San Francisco, CA



Washington DC                             



Manhattan, NY                                  



Philadelphia, PA



Houston, TX



Chicago, IL



Brooklyn, NY



Boston, MA



Dallas-Fort Worth, TX



Los Angeles, CA



Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL



*The figures above include only the monthly cost of the rental unit. No additional pet costs such as pet deposits, dog walking services or pet food were included.

Rental Availability For Pet Owners

In addition to data around the affordability of renting with pets, HotPads also compiled data exploring the availability of rental listings marketed specifically as “pet-friendly” in metropolitans.

“Owning a pet almost always presents a challenge when it comes to apartment hunting, whether it means fewer choices in rentals or spending more on rent,” said John Doherty, HotPads’ Senior Marketing Manager and owner of a 72-lb Labrador.

Top 10 Metro Areas Ranked By Number of Pet Friendly Rental Listings*  

  1. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Houston, TX
  4. Washington D.C
  5. Philadelphia, PA
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  9. New York, NY
  10. Chicago, IL

If you and your pet are in the Los Angeles area, and need help with your apartment hunt please feel free to reach out to Nelson Shelton & Associates. ( or call us @ 310.271.2229

All information in this post was provided by a HotPads® rental analysis. HotPads report

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