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Many residents are not looking for pet friendly apartments because they don't have a pet and don't plan to adopt one in the near future. Before you make your decision, it is important to think about your friends, family, and other visitors who want to visit UNF apartments. If you know your best friend and her dog are inseparable, you may want to find pet friendly apartments if he or she plans on visiting often. Pets, even those that are just visiting, are not permitted in non-pet friendly apartments. These rules and regulations are important to follow even with visiting pets and you do not want to violate any agreements with your new leasing office. These rules, however, do not apply to services animals. Service animals are always welcome in apartments near UNF.
There are few reasons that visiting pets are not allowed in non-pet friendly apartments. For example, residents with pets are generally charged an additional one time pet deposit or monthly fee for pets. This helps cover any potential damage from pets throughout the resident's stay. The pet fee may also be used to cover special landscaping inside the community, like dog walk areas. In addition, it would be difficult for the leasing office to determine whether a pet is only visiting the apartment or residing in the apartment permanently. This can create complications and potential complaints from neighbors, so it is best to follow the UNF apartment rules of no visiting pets if pets are not allowed inside the unit. If you are in the mood to spend time with animals and do not have the chance or desire to adopt one, you can always volunteer with the local humane society or ASPCA. They always need extra volunteers to help walk the dogs and socialize the animals. You can also visit a nearby dog park with your friends and their pets.
If your visitor in UNF apartments has a service animal, this type of animal is always allowed inside the unit. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. They may be assisting people who are blind, deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other tasks. These animals are allowed to be in most areas where the public is able to go. While the ADA does not require registration or certification of service animals, it can make dealing with private housing with no-pet policies much easier for you and your visitors, and can make it easier for your visitors to use public transportation with their service animals. You can find UNF apartments that are near CSX transportation.
When you move to Jacksonville, you'll be able to find luxury, affordable apartments that will suit the needs of both you and your visitors. Just make sure to adhere to community rules and regulations to get the most out of your apartment living experience!