Renting with pets?

We know it can be stressful when it comes to renting with a pet, as some landlords are reluctant to allow pets in case they cause damage or mess to the property.

Below are some of tips from the Dog’s Trust, to help you find a home for you and your pet:

  • Don’t leave house hunting until the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time, and start searching at least 8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.
  • Be as flexible as possible. The more restrictive your search criteria, the more difficult it will be to find a pet-friendly property. Try to be flexible on location and property type, as this will increase your chances of finding somewhere for you and your pet to live.
  • Write a CV for your pet. Give a prospective landlord as much information about your pet as you can. Write a CV and include contact details for your veterinary practice and for someone who can care for your pet in case of an emergency. You could also include details of your pet’s last vaccinations, any flea and worming treatments they have received and insurance details.
  • Get a reference for your pet. By providing a reference from your previous landlord or vet, you can show that your pet is both well behaved and capable of living in rented accommodation without causing problems or damage. This will also demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner.
  • Offer to pay a higher deposit. Many landlords are concerned about pets causing damage to their property or furnishings. By offering to pay a higher deposit, you will reassure the landlord that you will cover any damage that your pet may cause.
  • Offer to have the property professionally cleaned. Landlords often worry that accepting pets will lead to flea infestations, excess pet hair and dirty carpets and soft furnishings. To put your landlord’s mind at ease, you might consider offering to pay for the property to be professionally cleaned when you move out. Some landlords and letting agents may ask for a non-refundable payment in advance, to cover the cost of cleaning.
  • Be honest – don’t sneak your pet in without permission. It’s never advisable to keep a pet in a property without the landlord’s permission. This will only lead to problems in the future, and could result in the termination of your tenancy. It’s possible that keeping pets in the property may even violate the landlord’s own leasehold agreement. It’s advisable to always be honest about your pets from the start.
  • Get written permission. If your landlord has given you permission to keep a pet in the property, make sure you get it in writing. You should ask for a clause to be added to your tenancy agreement to cover the keeping of pets, and make sure that any ‘no pets’ clauses are removed. This will prevent problems arising in future.

If you have seen a property you would like to rent from us and would like to check the landlord’s pet policy, please contact us.

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