What are some tips for owning exotic pets in FSU apartments?

While many residents are familiar with Florida State University apartments that allow cats and/or dogs, some may be wondering if it is possible to rent a pet friendly FSU apartment that allows other species of pets. While it is less common for communities to provide detailed information on their exotic pet policy in the overview of features and amenities, there are some FSU apartments that allow other types of pets if certain conditions are met. When looking for a new place that allows pets other than cats or dogs, it is important to contact the leasing office and review the contract in detail to ensure you and your pets meet the qualifications and restrictions.

What should I consider when keeping exotic pets in FSU apartments?

While there are many things to think about when renting an apartments with a cat or dog, it can take a little bit of extra planning when it comes to owning exotic pets. Below are some of the most commonly owned pets, as well as tips on how to keep your pet, neighbors and landlord happy.

  • Birds: Bird owners should consider the level of noise when living wall-to-wall with neighbors in FSU apartments. If you already own a bird, you will already be familiar with your pet and its typical noise levels. However, new pet owners may be surprised to hear just how loud even the smallest birds can be! You may be able to find a unit that helps minimize wall contact with neighbors.
  • Aquariums: If you plan to set up an aquarium in FSU apartments, make sure to discuss size limits with your Community Manager. Many apartments allow smaller tanks, like 10 to 20 gallons, but may have restrictions on bigger setups. Additionally, make sure to have a good system for transporting water back and forth to the tank in order to avoid spills and damage to floors.
  • Reptiles: Similarly to aquariums, some communities restrict the tank size for reptile pets to allow only smaller animals to be kept inside the unit. Due to the many different species of pets available, make sure to discuss your pet with the landlord and explain the housing requirements.

What are some other tips for moving to FSU apartments with exotic pets?

When discussing your pet or future pet with the leasing office, make sure to be honest and detailed about the type of pet you own or want to own in the future. Leaving out details can create problems in the future if your landlord misunderstood the conversation or everything was not fully disclosed. Pet-friendly apartments usually have several clauses in the contract that state the terms, conditions and fees associated with keeping a pet in the unit, but you may want to ask the leasing office to clarify the requirements for your setup. In addition, make sure to discuss your pet plans with your roommates to ensure they agree with living arrangement, especially if some roommates have phobias of certain animals! This can help create a much more pleasant environment for you and your pets. This article may be helpful if you're planning on having roommates while taking care of a pet.

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