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Pet friendly lease home search page. Find homes for lease in South Orange County that allow pets.

 Pet Friendly Homes for Lease in Orange County, CA

Your dog or cat is part of the family, yet many people searching for homes to lease struggle to find homes that will take pets. This page has been designed to help you locate homes for lease in South Orange County, CA that either allow pets, or are willing to consider them. Search for pet friendly, dog friendly, or cat friendly leases or rentals in Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Irvine, Dove Canyon, Corona Del Mar, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Portola Hills, Foothill Ranch, Tustin, Costa Mesa, North Tustin, Wagon Wheel, Las Flores, Robinson Ranch, and the canyon areas. Also Orange, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Villa Park, and & Brea. These links will help you find a lease or home for rent in Orange County that will allow dogs, cats, or other pets.

If you are looking for a lease and do not have a pet, see my page for Orange County leasing, here.

Pet Friendly Lease Home Search - By city

Note: When contacting us, please let us know what type of pets) you have (breed, size, weight). We prefer to work with two, maximum. It is very difficult to get accepted for a lease with three or more pets, with very large pets, or certain breeds.

Note: Sorry, leases in the city of Huntington Beach will no longer be listed on my site. The reason is that many HB landlords and their listing agents are offering extremely low commissions to tenant's agents. These commissions are often well below our actual costs to show homes, pay for gas, pay our brokerage
, and other expenses. I advise my clients to look for homes for lease in other cities!


Quick pet-friendly lease search

If you don't wish to search by individual city, try the search below, which is by price range and general area of Orange County, CA

South Orange County North Orange County Beach and coastal areas *
$ 2,000 - $ 2,500 / mo $ 2,000 - $ 2,500 / mo $ 2,000 - $ 2,500 / mo
$ 2,500 - $ 3,000 / mo $ 2,500 - $ 3,000 / mo $ 2,500 - $ 3,000 / mo
$ 3,000 - $ 4,000 / mo $ 3,000 - $ 4,000 / mo $ 3,000 - $ 4,000 / mo
$ 4,000 and up $ 4,000 and up $ 4,000 and up

* Beach area leases may be short term or vacation rentals. Please check each listing carefully.


Girl with dog

Most leases will require a pet deposit, in addition to the standard security deposit. The amount of this deposit varies with the individual lease. In some cases, the deposit is "per pet", so for example, if the pet deposit is $500, they may charge $1,000 if you have 2 dogs. The pet deposit is fully refundable at the end of the lease term if your pets have not damaged the home. Please note also that if you do have a pet that damages a home, your liability will not be limited to just the pet deposit, if the damage exceeds that amount.

Most owners of pet-friendly leases will accept a dog or cat. Some also prefer a smaller pet. "Pet-friendly" does not necessarily mean that a landlord will accept multiple pets, very large pets, or pets that they may consider to be a liability (i.e., certain dog breeds). Although a few listings specify "Pets-Yes", most are listed as "Submit". This means that the landlord has the option of accepting or denying a pet (just because a home for rent states that they will allow pets, does not necessarily mean they will be willing to take your three, 60 pound German Shepherds!).  Also, be fair to your pet and use common sense in your home search. Large dogs require a large home with a yard, while a small house dog may be fine in a condo. 


Home showings

Home showings

Once you have found some homes, my team and I will be happy to arrange home viewings with you. We ask that you please note the following showing policies:

  • Lead time for leases is typically 30 to 45 days in advance of move-in. Be sure your move-in date is no later than 45 days from the time that we view properties.

  • Most leases require good credit. Please let us know your credit scores in advance.

  • For home showings, please limit your lease selections to 3 to 5 homes, maximum. 

  • Please also limit the number of cities or areas for showings to same city, or adjoining ones. We will not accommodate requests to show homes all over Orange County.

  • For leases with pets, we prefer to work with two, maximum. It is very difficult to get accepted for a lease with three or more pets, with very large pets, or certain breeds.

  • Showing arrangements are typically made 24 hours in advance. While some homes are vacant, many others are occupied, so having confirmed appointments is essential. 

  • It is important to be on time for showing appointments. Showing times are arranged with the home occupants, so being late may mean that we would have to re-schedule the showing. 

  • We will not show properties that offer a sub-standard commission. Most leases are fine, but there are a small number of homes for lease that offer very low, "lump sum" commissions. The amount is often well below our actual costs to complete the transaction. Please understand that we will not be able to show these homes to you.

  • We would like to avoid "double showings". Because we service all of Orange County, showing the same home twice can be costly in time, travel, gas, and also because of the low commissions associated with leases. We often receive requests to show the same house over again because 1) All of the "decision makers" were not present at the first showing, or 2) because the client forgot details about an individual home. We suggest that you:  1) Make sure all of the "decision makers" are present when we tour the homes. 2) take your time at each home. Make notes, take photos or videos to help you remember each unit. 

  • We work very hard for you, so we do ask that work with us exclusively. We respect you as a client, so please respect our time as well. We ask that you do not work with other brokers, Craigslist, or other lease sources while you are working with us -- Allow us to get the job done for you!

What's next?

Once we have found the right home, you will need to provide a complete lease application package. For each occupant 18+ years of age, you will need::

  • A completed lease application (I can send you the application form)

  • A full credit report with FICO scores.

  • Proof of income and employment (usually a couple of pay stubs will suffice).

  • Two recent bank statements to also verify income

It is very important to put a complete package together as soon as possible in order to secure the home. Please be sure that there are no missing documents for any of the applicants. Once I have the package, I will submit it to the listing agent and if approved, the agent will draft all of the lease forms for you to sign. You will also need to provide a cashier's check for the first month's rent, security deposit, and pet deposit. 


Pet friendly home leasing FAQ

What are your pet policies?

My team does not have any specific pet policies. Pet policies are up to each individual landlord, so we have no way of knowing in advance whether a particular landlord will accept your pet (or pets). Having said that, most landlords do have discretion over accepting pets. Generally, they can reject certain breeds (Pit Bulls, Rottweiler's, etc), animals of a certain weight, or multiple pets.


Do some homes specify a preference for dogs or cats?

Yes, some do. They will state this in the MLS agent remarks. Typical examples include "One cat allowed - No dogs" or "One dog 15 pounds or less allowed". Most listings do not state a preference however.


We are coming to Orange County from out of the area. Can you help us find suitable homes?

Yes, once we have your contact information and the details of your pet(s) and credit scores, we will be happy to set up a home search for you. The home listings will come to by e-mail, so that you can select which homes to visit once you are here. 


I have several very large dogs. Do you know of a home that will allow them?

No, all we can do is ask the listing agents at any of the homes that you are interested in, if that is acceptable to the owner. We prefer to do this prior to visiting any of the homes for obvious reasons. Generally, it is difficult to get accepted with multiple, large dogs.


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I will be happy to assist you in finding a pet friendly, dog friendly, or cat friendly lease or home for rent in Orange County, CA. If you do not see an area you are interested in, but would like to find a pet friendly home, please call! I'll send you listings of lease homes that allow pets in the area of your choice! Call me today at (949) 290-3263!


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