No kitty in my new apartment!?!?
October 23, 2011 2:28 PM Subscribe
Landlord says a fellow tenant's allergies mean no kitty for me. Is there anything I can do?
posted by good day merlock to pets & animals (30 answers total)
When my roommate and I were searching for an apartment, we specifically told the broker we planned to get a cat soon, and it was important that our apartment allowed said cat. For this apartment, we were told (by the broker, who rents all of the apartments for our landlord and seems to be fairly close with our landlord) that, while the lease said it was no pets, that was a standard clause, and the landlord would be fine discussing a pet later. After all, the couple living above us (in a 3-family walkup) have a cat!
Clearly, it was dumb to not confirm this with the landlord.
Fast-forward to now: I want to take in a kitten from a co-worker (his dog hates the cat). Like the good tenant I think I am, I called my landlord to let him know and see what kind of pet deposit—if any—he wanted. Little did I know that absolutely no cats! are allowed, because the landlord's daughter—who lives in the apartment below mine—has a cat allergy.
I think this is preposterous. Our apartments have hardwood floors, do not have vent heating, and the cat would not be allowed into the building hallway. It wouldn't be an outdoors cat. (And even if it was, our next-door neighbor's cat roams around our backyard all day! It's sitting outside my window right now!) I can't imagine that would affect her allergies.
(The cat on the third floor is allowed because it is presumably hypoallergenic.)
Obviously, I have no intentions of breaking my lease, going behind my landlord's back, or getting a cat if it truly will affect my neighbor. But I'd like to at least have a discussion with the daughter and her parents/my landlord to see if they'd be willing to work something out—even if it's just a temporary "let's see if this works and if not we'll get rid of the cat."
So, my question: Would a cat, kept on a separate floor and in a completely separate apartment with no vent connection between the apartments, affect my landlord's daughter's allergies? How can I best approach this without annoying or angering my landlord or his daughter? I've already baked cookies as a goodwill offering.
Normally I would just drop this, but I'd hate to let down my co-worker and potentially send the cute kitty to a shelter, and I've been planning long-term for a new cat (I've never lived without animals, so I already feel a little naked in this apartment) so suddenly being told it's not possible has sent me into a funk. I wouldn't have moved here if I'd known, and I'm upset with the broker for not being upfront with me. Help?
If it makes any difference, I'm in NYC/Queens.