Do dogs belong in a high-rise apartment building? Many landlords and say no — and their tenants often agree. But as this article from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald notes, building management company Greenwin Properties Ltd. is getting a leg up in the rental market by instituting a dog-friendly policy:
“We were surprised when we came to Halifax last year to learn there were just about no apartments available in the city that permitted dogs,” said Jessica Green, marketing director with Greenwin Properties Ltd., in an interview Friday.
Greenwin Properties believes dogs are good for business, she said.
Dogs are banned from most large apartment buildings in the Halifax-Dartmouth area. Greenwin, which manages various properties in Central and Eastern Canada, clearly saw a gap in the market waiting to be filled.
Green said her company has allowed dogs at all the properties it manages for years and has rarely had problems with unruly canines.
“By allowing dogs we appeal to a particular demographic. In our experience, dog owners make great tenants.”
Pet owners are even invited to bring their pooch along when coming in for an interview, although it is not necessary.
Now, we at The Pet Network love dogs. But we’ve often wondered whether an apartment building is a suitable environment for a dog. A pooch needs room to roam, we tend to think. Besides which, the close proximity to neighbours in a high-rise setup can make for problems if your four-legged friend likes to express himself loudly at times. Cats, on the whole, seems better suited to apartment living.
But that’s just us. What do you think?