Renting with an Animal

Looking for housing with an animal, whether it is an assistance animal or a pet, will require some additional communication with a landlord or property manager about accommodating the animal.

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  • Renting with a Pet: Includes tips for renting with a pet, a list of pet-friendly housing options, and a sample pet résumé
  • Renting with an Assistance Animal: Assistance animals are in a different legal classification than pets. They are animals that work, assist and/or perform tasks and services for the benefit of a person with a disability or provide emotional support that improves the symptoms of a disability.

Renting with a Pet

A pet résumé provides an opportunity to present potential landlords with a summary of your pet’s best qualities and to indicate your responsibility as a pet owner. Try to address the following areas in your pet resume:

  • Mention anything about your pet’s age, activity level, and/or breed traits that help make your dog or cat a “good tenant.” Tell the landlord something positive about your animal’s personality and how much you care about your pet. 
  • Give examples of your pet’s good behavior and your responsibility. Has your dog been to obedience school or had special training? If your dog has lived in apartments before and is accustomed to it, say so. If you have more than one pet, let the landlord know how well they get along and keep each other company while you are away. If your cat uses a scratching post, say so and also note that your cat is litter box trained.
  • There can be a big difference between a 10-year-old dog and a frisky puppy. If your pet is quiet, calm and/or less active, responds well to visitors and does not bark often, point that out. If you have an active dog, explain how you fulfill their exercise requirements.
  • Explain how you keep your pet clean and free of fleas. Mention that you always clean up after your dog, and/or dispose of cat litter properly.
  • Let the landlord know if your dog or cat is spayed or neutered. Also note that your animal is up-to-date on their vaccinations, and mention the name of your pet’s veterinarian.
  • Describe the arrangements for your pet when you go to school, work, or on vacation.
  • Offer to sign a pet agreement and pay a pet deposit.
  • Pet résumé sample (PDF)
  • In addition to your pet’s résumé, you should also attach reference letters from current and previous landlords and/or neighbors, certificates of completion of obedience/training classes, references from your pet’s trainer or groomer, a health certificate from your vet, and a picture for identification purposes.
  • See a list of Pet Friendly Housing Options below

Renting with an Assistance Animal

Service animals are categorized as animals trained to do a specific task for their owner. An assistance animal can be a cat, dog or other type of companion animal, and does not need to be trained to perform a service. Even if a lease says "no pets" or restricts pets, landlords are required to make what is called a “reasonable accommodation” to allow assistance animals, which includes animals who provide emotional support. Source: The Fair Housing Act and Assistance Animals; The Humane Society of the United States

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Pet Friendly Housing Options

1010 Pacific Apartments
1010 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 471-9900
Allows: Cats & dogs (breed restrictions)
Deposit: $950
Pet Rent: $50/month

Acorn Court
100 Acorn Court
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 440-1984
Allows: Up to two indoor cats
Deposit: $500 total

Arts Space and Tannery Lofts
1040 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-3662
Allows: Pets (65-pound limit)
Deposit: $400

Bay Tree Apartments
28 Mount Hermon Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-5004
Allows: Cats & dogs (no puppies or kittens,
breed  restrictions, spayed and neutered,
dogs under 40lbs and no agressive breeds)
Deposit: $1500

Breakwater Apartments
1630 Merrill Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 476-4006
Deposit: $500/per animal
Pet Rent: $30/month per cat
$50/month per dog

Capitola Gardens
1745 46th Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 476-8210
Allows: Cats & dogs (breed restrictions)
Pet Deposit: $500 for first, $250 for second
Pet Rent: $50/month

Casa del Rio Apartments
148 S. Blaine Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-1276
Allows: One cat
Deposit: $200

Chestnut Street Apartments
143 Chestnut Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 469-3620
Allows: Pets (spayed and neutered)
Maximum of two pets
Deposit: $500 for up to 2 pets total
Pet Rent: $35/month for cats; $65/month for dogs

Cormorant Court Apartments
527 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 423-3344
Allows: Two indoor cats 
Deposit: $500 total

Cypress Point Apartments
101 Felix Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-1991
Allows: Pets (100-pound limit & breed restrictions)
Deposit: $400 Pet rent: $50/month per pet
Limit of 2 pets

Hiawatha Apartments
124 Hiawatha Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 394-6595
Allows: Two pets under 35 lbs
Deposit: $300

The Landing at Capitola
3045 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 462-1010
Allows: Two pets (breed restrictions) (100-pound limit)
Deposit: $400 per pet
Pet Rent: $50/month per pet

Oceanview Apartments
222 Columbia Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-5042
Allows: Two pets (breed restrictions)
Deposit: $300/pet
Pet Rent: $50 for cats, $75 for dogs

Pacific Shores Apartments
1240 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-1290
Allows: Cats & dogs (breed restrictions)
Deposit: $950 with pets; 900 without
Pet Rent: $50/month per pet (2 maximum)

Sandcastle Apartments
206 First Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 394-6595
Allows: Dogs under 25 pounds
Deposit: One month’s rent


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