There are many rental properties in Durham that accept some types of cats, dogs or other animals. Finding a pet-friendly apartment or rental home when you have a large dog or one whose breed is stereotyped as ‘aggressive’ can be difficult. Here is a list of rental properties in Durham who have no breed restrictions:

Beech Lake Apartments
4800 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 338-5936

Colonial Grand at Research Park
400 Stone Lion Dr, Durham, NC 27703
(919) 957-3300

Colonial Village at Woodlake
1000 Lydia’s Way, Durham, NC 27713
(919) 361-1132

Colonial Grand at Patterson Place
100 N Creek Dr, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 490-6013

Stonesthrow Apartments
3207 Stonesthrow Ln, Durham, NC 27713
(919) 544-1779

Bob Schmitz Properties
360 properties throughout Durham
(919) 416-0393

If you have a large dog or a dog whose breed is commonly misunderstood:

  • Plan ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to find a place where your whole family, including your dog can live.
  • Be a great representative. Make sure you dog is well behaved. Consult a positive trainer if needed.Click here to read more about finding a positive trainer.
  • Be polite. No matter how the property owner or manager responds, be polite.
  • Bring your dog. If your dog responds well to new people and situations, bring him or her with you. If there’s any wiggle room in the pet policy, it’s much harder to say no to a sweet dog and tail wags.
  • Show off how great your dog is. Bring reference letters from previous landlords, a reference letter from you your positive trainer and/or your dog’s Canine Good Citizen certificate.
  • Make sure your dog is healthy. Be ready to show a potential landlord proof that your pet is current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered.
  • Have insurance. This can be a property owner’s biggest concern. Be proactive and go ahead and purchase renters insurance that covers your pets and let the landlord know that you have this when you apply.
  • Be honest. Don’t try to hide your dog or sign a lease that doesn’t allow him or her. If you get caught, you’ll have to find a new place to live with little time to look or be faced with having to give up your dog.
  • Pay a higher deposit. If you can, offer to pay a higher deposit or rent to help with any concerns over damage your pet may cause.

Are you a property manager or owner who has a pet policy that doesn’t discriminate against breeds? Please email mailto:manager@apsofdurham.org to be added to our list!