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Manhattan rentals no dog breed restrictions


All --

Wondering if folks can recommend buildings in Manhattan (elevator, doorman) that don't have breed restrictions on dogs. We have a 35-lb British Staffordshire Bull Terrier (NOT a pitbull or an American Staffordshire Terrier) that I know some buildings will prohibit because she might be considered a "pit-bull type" dog - even though she's not. Looking for a 1 bedroom under $4000. Appreciate any leads on management companies or buildings or even brokers who would be good to contact.

feel free to email me at, I work for a management company that owns and manages many NYC buildings which you may be able to rent in.

Thank you,


If you haven't found anything yet, I know a management company that may take your dog (elevator, doorman, 1 bed under $4k/mo).

Question: Does your dog have any negative history or is she friendly?

I'm assuming this is the breed?


Pretty much any sane person who has spent even the smallest amount of time with both breeds would consider a British Staffordshire Bull Terrier to be a "pit-bull type" dog. There are rabid owners of all three breeds you list who go apeshit crazy at the slighest suggestion that there dog is anything but the sweetest most loving dog ever. They are, until they bite someone or another dog. The UK press is full of stories about British Staffordshire Bull Terriers attacking people. Not so other breeds. Where there is enough smoke...

But to answer your question, pretty much any doorman building in Harlem or East Harlem will take any and all breeds with an extra deposit.

...also many in Fidi let all breeds in. Look through this list:

FYI I used to dog sit for a pit owner and also a BSBT owner, and they just filled me up with how there dogs were misunderstood...boy did I learn the hard way on more than one occasion that these owners were delusional. Never else with so many problems.

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i'm with jason, if you need this kind of a dog, you should be living in East Harlem.

...although my list in the link above includes many bldgs not in Harlem or Fidi, and excludes lots in Harlem. But yeah in my bldg in Fidi before and my East harlem one now, both doormen, they took pits, great danes, rottweillers, labs, any kind of dog. For like $1000 more deposit or something.

Get your dog certified as a "service dog" and I am pretty sure all landlords have to accept them. I am not a realtor, but based on my experience, certified service dogs are allowed in all buildings. My old apartment was rent stabilized with no pets, but pets were allowed if they were certified as a service dog.

and the owner must need a service dog.

$1K over the lease term is pretty cheap, considering the liability problems the landlord could encounter.

Insurers define "pit bull" as not any specific breed, but rather "American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, or Staffordshire Bull Terriers, all commonly known as Pit Bulls" (and their mixes) when they exclude you from coverage.

That pit-bull owners are invariably on the defensive tells its own story. "She's a love-muffin with us!" Yeah, but it's not you we're worried about. Or the "there're hardly any deadly attacks!" as if a kid's face ripped off doesn't count because he survived.

What NWT said. And I literally know first hand. Adoring, lovable dogs with me, yes. just like any other dog. But the three I knew first hand would turn on a dime. Two with women (for some reason) and the third with any other dog that had a toy. It would literally attack another dog of any breed that would not cede the toy. Like, ATTACK ATTACK. The owner of the first two acknowledged this, the owner of the third would ALWAYS (for years!!) swear we (me, his girlfriend, his roommate) were doing something wrong because puppy was so precious and sweet and we made the puppy acgressive. Until the pitt in question turned Hulk with him, then he finally believed.

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I just don't understand why livestock -- and their filth -- are permitted in apartment buildings. They pretty much were not ever before the suburbanite invasion of the body snatchers that befell Manhattan.

Hell in a handbasket.

At least buildings still require pet or child owners, runners, joggers, carters and tradesmen to use the service elevator.


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