Top Pet Friendly Cities for Renting with Pets

Top Pet Friendly Cities for Renting with Pets

San Francisco (January 7, 2015) If you've ever searched for an apartment with a pet, you've probably wondered if you are paying more than a renter without a pet, a.k.a the "pet premium".

Well, the answer depends on where you live. In some cities, like Manhattan, you could be paying an average of about $300 more to rent with a pet.

HotPads has found that across the top 13 cities/metro areas, pet-friendly rentals command a 3.5% premium on average.

HotPads has compiled rental data from apartment buildings around the nation to show which areas renters are paying the highest rental premiums for renting with a pet. These figures only take into account the monthly rental price of the apartment, not additional costs of owning a pet like pet deposits, dog walking services or food costs.

percentage pet premium

 

median chart of rental rates with pets $$

 

Where You Will Pay More Renting With A Pet



  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Queens, NY
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Washington DC
  5. Manhattan, NY
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Brooklyn, NY
  10. Boston, MA
  11. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  12. Los Angeles, CA
  13. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

Economic Explanations

Landlords that have expensive rentals have a lot more to lose when those units sit vacant, making them incentivized to be more lenient toward allowing renters with pets to occupy the unit. The opportunity cost is greater for an apartment that rents for $3,000 than it is for a $1,200 rental. Think about all of the HOA fees, property taxes and maintenance costs that high-end properties cost landlords.

In cases like Manhattan or San Francisco there are already high rents but there is also population density and demand, which means pet-friendly listings are harder to come by.

In metros without an added pet premium, the data supports the theory that the pet-friendly rentals in these areas are predominantly found in older buildings, or buildings offering less amenities and thus are already priced at a lower market rental rate.

Our Methodology

We used rentals listings in apartment buildings from HotPads rental search database from September 2014 to October 2014. The data was broken down by city/metro area. In each city/metro area, 25 percent of listings from the oldest apartment buildings were dropped. This was done in order to account for antiquated buildings' wear and tear and higher likelihood of being listed as pet-friendly. Only listings with 2 bedrooms or less were used.

We broke down each city/metro area's listings data into 4 tiers, based on the age of the building a listing belongs to. We calculated the dollar and percentage difference in asking-rent-price between listings that are explicitly pet-friendly and listings that are not for each of these age tiers. We then took the average of these dollar and percentage premium in order to get the pet premium for that given city/metro area. The rent prices used for our calculation, and thus our calculated premium numbers, do not include pet deposits that landlords typically require.

Most Pet-Friendly Metros

As the holiday season wraps up and the New Year begins, many urban renters are jumping back into the hunt for a new apartment.

For renters with pets, finding a place that welcomes both you and your pet(s) can often be a challenge, particularly in high demand rental markets such as San Francisco and New York.

According to HotPads rental data, only one-third of rentals are explicitly listed as being pet friendly.

Only one-third of rentals are explicitly listed as being pet friendly.

HotPads compiled data ranking the metropolitan areas with the most pet-friendly rental listings in apartment buildings throughout the country.

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, New York
  10. Chicago, IL

In addition, we created an interactive, nationwide map showing the zip codes with the highest percentage of pet-friendly rental listings, shown in green (meaning more than 50% of the listings are pet-friendly in that zip code) all the way down to the lowest percentage of pet friendly rental listings, shown in red (meaning less than 50% of the pet listings are pet friendly). By hovering over a certain area, you can also see the median rental price for that zip code.

 

Most Expensive Zip Codes By City for Pets

HotPads also compared zip codes within major cities to see which neighborhoods renters should try first to find the highest number of pet friendly rental listings. The darker the red means the zip code is less pet-friendly compared to other surrounding zip codes within the city or metro area. The darker the green means the zip code is more pet-friendly. Most friendly and least friendly zip codes listed below each image apply only to the zip codes within that city's limits. Click on the image to visit the interactive map and search pet-friendliness in the city's surrounding suburbs.

Most and Least Pet Friendly Rentals By Zip Code In Large Metros

San Francisco

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in San Francisco

 

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 94103
Median Rent: $3,534

 

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 94122
Neighborhoods: The Sunset
Median Rent: $2,850

 

Los Angeles

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Los Angeles

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 90401
Neighborhoods: Santa Monica
Median Rent: $3,485

 

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 90067
Median Rent: $4,347

 

Chicago

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Chicago

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 60606
Neighborhoods: Along the River in West Loop Gate, The Loop
Median Rent: $1,999

 

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 60628
Neighborhoods: Pullman, West Pullman, Roseland
Median Rent: $875

 

Boston

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Boston

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 02210
Neighborhoods: Fort Point, Seaport District
Median Rent: $3,599

 

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 02110
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Financial District, Waterfront, North End (South East)
Median Rent: $2,800

 

Houston

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Houston



Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 77098
Neighborhoods: Museum District
Median Rent: $1,807

 

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 77036
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Sharpstown
Median Rent: $850

 

Philadelphia

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Philadelphia



Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 19125
Neighborhoods: Kensington, Fishtown
Median Rent: $1,300

 

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 19131
Neighborhoods: Wynnefield, Wynnefield Heights, Carroll Park and Cathedral Park
Median Rent: $900

 

Washington DC

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in WashingtonDC

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 20012
Neighborhoods: Colonial Village
Median Rent: $1,625

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 20032
Median Rent: $1,100

Manhattan

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Manhattan

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 10025
Neighborhoods: Upper West Side
Median Rent: $3,275

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 10004
Neighborhoods: Lower Manhattan, Battery Park
Median Rent: $3,875

Seattle

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Seattle

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 98101
Neighborhoods: Northern Downtown
Median Rent: $1,850

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 98104
Neighborhoods: Southern Downtown
Median Rent: $1, 905

Portland

Map of pet friendly neighborhoods in Portland

Most Pet Friendly Zip Code: 97552
Neighborhoods: Cedar Hills, Westslope
Median Rent: $1,035

Least Pet Friendly Zip Code: 97229
Neighborhoods: Cedar Mill, Northwest Heights
Median Rent: $1,053


Our Methodology

We pulled rentals listings from the HotPads rental network in apartment buildings from August 2013 to October 2014. The data was broken down by metro area with 25 percent of the listings from the oldest buildings dropped from the data to account for wear and tear and their likelihood of being listed as more pet-friendly. Only listings with 2 bedrooms or less were used. We sorted the listings by different age groups and then compared pet-friendly vs. not pet-friendly apartment listings.

About HotPads

At HotPads, we think that it should be easier to find your next place. That's why we've built the most comprehensive and interactive rental search marketplace. HotPads combines powerful search tools, layers of data, and an innovative user interface. We're simplifying the rental search process and helping renters make smarter decisions about renting. Our map-based search, gives users access to the best rentals on the market.

Acquired in 2012, HotPads is a Zillow, Inc. company and part of Zillow's portfolio of real estate and home-related marketplaces. For more information on Zillow, Inc. and the company's other businesses, visit Zillow's website.

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