If you have a pet or pets you are part of a very large group of people. 46% of people in the UK own a pet according to the Dog’s Trust so landlords who don’t allow tenants with pets to occupy their properties are effectively ignoring an enormous amount of potential tenants.
Reasons some landlords don’t rent to tenants with pets
Clearly there are reasons why many landlords might not want to let properties to tenants with pets including the potential damage they can cause to the property, furniture, fixtures and fittings; as well as the possibility that the landlord is allergic to pets in which case visiting the property to do repairs would cause great discomfort.
However, assuming the landlord has no allergies or won’t be visiting the property because it is managed by appointed letting agents; here are some TTV tips for tenants wanting to find a rented home with their pets:
- It is likely to take longer to find a rented property for you and your pet so make sure that allocate a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks before you have to vacate your current home. If you leave it to the last minute you may end up being separated from your pet and incurring the expense of a cattery or kennels until such time as you have found suitable accommodation
- Provide a written report about your pet including the name, address and telephone number of your vet, contact details of a person who can be called upon to take care of your pet in the event of an emergency and information about the date and type of treatment your pet has had such as flea treatment, vaccinations and worming. Attach a photo of your pet to the report because the size of your pet may influence your landlord’s decision on whether or not to allow it. There is quite a difference between a small Yorkshire terrier and a Great Dane!
- Obtain a reference from your previous landlord about your pet in terms of behaviour
- If practical and possible take your pet to meet your landlord or invite him/her to your home so that they can see how well behaved your pet is.
- If your potential landlord is concerned about damage to the property, you could offer to pay more money in deposit demonstrating that you are a responsible pet owner who will pay for anything your pet may damage
- Reassure a potential landlord that you will pay for the property to be cleaned by professional cleaners at the end of your tenancy. Common concerns that landlords have about allowing tenants with pets is that when they move they may leave fleas behind, excessive pet hair and soiled furniture and carpets
- Being honest about owning a pet is imperative because if you don’t inform your landlord or letting agents they could terminate your tenancy
Tenants with pets get permission in writing
If your landlord agrees to you keeping a pet you should ensure that the “No pets” clause in the tenancy agreement is deleted and that it is replaced with an appropriate alternative e.g., that you are allowed to keep (whatever your pet may be) in the rented property. Always get permission in writing!
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