She plans to study marine biology at Western Washington University in September, and like some students, she’s bringing her two cats with her to help with anxiety and stress.
She’s now considering commuting 30 minutes to an hour each day from Blaine so she can still attend school in the fall. Usually I find a place and then get the place, but it’s been a nightmare. “I can’t believe how difficult the whole thing has been. People are looking for perfect tenants and that’s not realistic.
Bellingham is a college town, so Lindsay O’Neal thought finding a place to live would be easy.
However, four months after beginning her search, with her school start date looming, O’Neal is getting worried. O’Neal, 35, has been looking for an apartment under 0 a month since April.
They also should allow themselves ample time to find a place to live, she said.
But Alexa Kok said it’s easy to find a pet-friendly rental if you know where to look.
O’Neal is originally from Galveston, Texas, but currently lives in Enumclaw while she works at a spa and does a marine research internship in Seattle.
She said throughout her renting history she’s never had this much trouble finding a place to live with her animals.
She acknowledged that the search can be disheartening at times, though.
She said she may live in a hotel or end up not attending school this fall.
Windermere Property Management has about 1,600 doors of single family to multifamily housing, and roughly 3,300 doors to condominiums that the company manage within Whatcom County, said owner Doug Wight. Wight said it’s not Windermere’s policy that allows or bars pets from living on properties –the property owners dictate the terms.
She said her two cats, Rusty and Spot, help her with anxiety and focusing.
O’Neal said landlords need to be more understanding when it comes to renting to college students or people who have pets.