Finding a suitable renting accommodation in itself is a tedious job, not to mention locating a property that permits pets on their premises. Many landlords do not rent out their property to families that own pets, due to damage issues and related things. This drives pet-owning families to distant places in search of such houses and yet, their searches end up fruitless, leaving them frustrated.
With nearly half of UK’s population owning pets, the demand for ‘pet-friendly’ property is certainly on the rise. Statistics predict that at least one in five homes would be rented by pet-owning families by the year 2016. However, the problem of not finding a suitable, ‘pet-friendly’ home is forcing people into taking some measures, like sending their beloved pets to rehoming centres, or even going to the extremes of putting pets to sleep.
To counter this problem, there are many agencies that work towards helping pet owners find suitable homes for renting. They not only help to find homes with the ‘pet considered’ tag, they also conduct campaigns to persuade more house owners and landlords to allow pet-owning families onto their properties.
Pet owners offer to address the misconception that most landlords quite apparently have about pets. Property owners fear damage to their property by the pets. There is also the notion that pets are generally noisy, messy, and dangerous. Tenants also take up obligatory actions such as paying a higher rent, or offering to get professional cleaning of carpets and furnishings done before they move out again.
There are some steps that pet owners can take in order to avoid the ordeal of leaving their pets in animal homes.
The first of them is to start looking for a new home well in advance and not leave it till the last minute, giving ample time to conduct a thorough search.
Be Ready to Pay a Deposit
Some landlords worry about damage and cleanliness and, hence, are averse to allowing pets into their homes. However, a deposit will provide assurance, in case of any damage.
Offer Professional Cleaning Services
Allaying the fear of fleas, mites, pet hair and other such infections, the tenants can agree to get professional cleaning done once they are ready to shift house again.
Pets can be introduced to the landowners, in a bid to showcase the fact that the friendly animal is well-trained. An information file on the pet can be prepared to show that the pet is brought up in a disciplined, healthy way, with periodic trips to the vet. Clean, healthy pets are proof to the fact that they have been treated and are vaccinated against infections. Well-trained pets would be an added advantage.
Landlords can even be invited to the current house before shifting, to give them a clear proof of how well-maintained the house is in spite of the pets’ presence.
A pet reference from the previous landlord can go a long way in convincing the new landlord that the pet is well cared for and will not be causing any damage to property.
A Flexible Approach
When looking for a ‘pet considered’ home, it is better to have a flexible approach when property hunting. If one is rigid with other conditions while looking for a rented house, then getting a suitable house would be difficult.
Honest Attitude Pays
Some people hide the fact that they own pets for the fear of losing their pets, and also in the hope of procuring the desired house to move into. This only causes more problems later when the landowner comes to know about it. Feeling cheated, the only option left to the landowner would be to evict the tenant from their premises.
Spread the Word
Finally, by spreading word about agencies that help pet owners with finding appropriate ‘pet considered’ homes, more pet lovers can rest assured of finding new homes, and pets can continue to enjoy the love and care of a family.