Pet Unfriendly Landlords in Hoboken

1/21/2011:

Is Hoboken really a pet friendly city?

Pet ownership in Hoboken can be quite the divisive subject. Some folks have issues with dog poop or dangerous Pit Bulls with irresponsible owners, while there are plenty of upstanding dog-lovers (like myself with the 411 Mascot Oscar), humane societies, and even dog-related events like Halloween Parades!

However, one new Hoboken resident is miffed by the lack of pet-friendly apartments to choose from in town.

Can anyone give her a logical explanation as to why?

Anti Pet Sentiment in Hoboken

“I’ve read your site since moving to Hoboken for everything Hoboken. I’m very curious to why Hoboken rentals/landlords are so anti-pets?

I mean if someone who doesn’t live here visits Hoboken, you would assume this is a pet friendly town. You have the animal hospital, numerous pet stores, parks etc…. but in reality it’s not.

I find it when one is looking for rentals here it has become a nightmare when one is looking for an apartment if you are a pet owner, especially towards dogs. I moved here from Manhattan and I find NYC to be more Pet friendly. I mean even some of the most luxurious buildings in the city are Pet friendly, while most of the rentals in Hoboken are not!

Many apartments here are way too expensive, but some of them are run down and old, and they have the nerve to discriminate against Pets?

I can understand if you don’t want certain breeds or sizes but all pets, that is ridiculous! Some landlords are even asking cat owners to de-claw their cats. Ha! De-clawing cats is illegal in Europe because they think it’s inhumane.

Anyway,at least in the city there might be weight or breed restrictions but at least they are not so anti-pets. Anyway, now I’m thinking of moving back to the city.”

Hoboken411 Mascot says: “Grrrrr!”

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16 Comments on "Pet Unfriendly Landlords in Hoboken"


Member
4 years 7 months ago

I rent out an apartment as pet friendly, so these thoughts are not my own, but I totally understand landlords that do not allow pets.

First off its a lot easier and safer to make a blanket, no pets (or dogs) rule than deal with things on a case by case basis. You never know if you are going to allow a dog in that will end up scratching at the walls, urinating or staining hardwood floors or carpeting. Some of the smell, hair, stains either never come out or cost a lot of money to remove. Plus dogs can bark and howl all throughout the day disturbing neighboors.
A lot of landlords in this town are private individuals and to fix/clean up after an apartment gets ravaged by a dog is tough work for someone who has a full time job besides being a landlord.
Like I said before, I am a dog lover and have always allowed pets in my rentals, but I totally understand and defend any landlord that doesn’t want to deal with hassle of cleaning up after a tenant with a pet.

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JohnCarani
4 years 7 months ago

Invisible urine damage and noise bothering other tenant.[quote comment=”202360″]I rent out an apartment as pet friendly, so these thoughts are not my own, but I totally understand landlords that do not allow pets. First off its a lot easier and safer to make a blanket, no pets (or dogs) rule than deal with things on a case by case basis. You never know if you are going to allow a dog in that will end up scratching at the walls, urinating or staining hardwood floors or carpeting. Some of the smell, hair, stains either never come out or cost a lot of money to remove. Plus dogs can bark and howl all throughout the day disturbing neighboors.
A lot of landlords in this town are private individuals and to fix/clean up after an apartment gets ravaged by a dog is tough work for someone who has a full time job besides being a landlord.
Like I said before, I am a dog lover and have always allowed pets in my rentals, but I totally understand and defend any landlord that doesn’t want to deal with hassle of cleaning up after a tenant with a pet.[/quote]

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Shoookie
4 years 7 months ago

Alpuj, had many of the salient points as to why landlords don’t allow pets, as a Realtor I do sympathize. Quite frankly the pet situation makes it difficult for me also, I may have agreat client and a great place, but then the landlord does not allow pets and it totally kills my deal.

I do find Jersey City to be more pet friendly most of the time. I deal with the largest landlord in Jersey City a lot and even he does not allow pets in several of his buildings. I wish I could tell you things will change and landlords may become more flexible, but unfortunately as Hudson County becomes a ‘cheaper’ alternative to NYC, there is little chance of any significant change.

Member
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve never lived in a building in Hoboken that didn’t allow pets. I guess you’re just looking in the wrong places.

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lando35mm
4 years 7 months ago

My building only allows cats. If only I could teach a cat to bark…

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iforgotmymantra
4 years 7 months ago

When I’ve searched Hoboken listings for dog-friendly rentals, I found that a good proportion was pet-friendly. However, it was frustrating that most of the really well-kept places with older millwork, antique features, etc. almost always were off-limits for pets. I can understand why from the landlord’s perspective, though it’s too bad when the dog involved is a real angel.