Unfortunately, renting an apartment in Berlin is not so easy if you want to bring your pet along. Owners, for understandable reasons, prefer to rent out to tenants who do not have a cat or a dog. Since you rent a furnished apartment, owners are afraid that the cats could scratch the sofa or the wall or that everything will be covered with dog’s hair when you move out.
But even still, there is a chance to be able to rent, even if you have a dog - preferably a smaller one. Cats are often too unpredictable and there is hardly any chance to secure an apartment if you bring a cat. So if you apply with a cat, please don't be disappointed if it does not work out. If you are planning on bringing more than one cat, you should check other options. Even if you offer a higher deposit, there is always the chance that the flat-owner will not allow pets.
In the past, we have had cases of cats tearing down wallpaper and causing other damage to the apartment. Therefore, owners don't want to have the hassle in the first place. This is more important than being offered money for repairs and running the risk that the apartment cannot be rented after you have moved out. So, owners are looking for the easiest solution, in this case they will always prefer a tenant without a pet, especially if they get more than one application.
On our website, you can search for apartments where dogs are allowed.
But still, this is not a guarantee that the owner will accept your request. However, owners of other apartments could be convinced to rent out to a tenant with a dog.
It is often useful to give us a call before filling in an application form. When you apply, you should give us more information regarding your dog – size, weight, age, breed, information on who will take care of the dog during daytime. Please also send us a photo of the dog. It could very well happen that the owners of the apartment change their mind when they take a look at your dog.
In any case bringing more than one dog is discouraged because this will be really difficult for your apartment search. If you want to rent a certain apartment and the owner is hesitant to rent it out to you because of your dog, you can always offer to a pay a higher deposit; although this is no guarantee. Dog owners should also be prepared to pay a higher fee for the final cleaning on top of a higher deposit.