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Renting a Property with a Pet.

By on September 4, 2014

When looking for properties to rent, owning a pet can become more of a complication than some may think. Landlords today often state that they do not allow pets in any capacity, leaving those in need of rental accommodation with a lot less options. Most pet owners will appreciate that looking after a pet is a lifelong commitment and the prospect of departing from their companion would be unthinkable. To make sure that your move goes smoothly for both you and your pet, we have put together a simple check list to go over before that completion date.


1.     Give yourself plenty of time

Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time when looking for a pet friendly property. It is advised to give yourself at least 6 weeks before the date you are looking to move. You are advised to allocate yourself extra time because as you may know, landlords can often be reluctant to take on board tenants with pets, so the more time you have to negotiate, the better.

2.     Be flexible but logical.

During your search for your new home you will be concentrating on properties suitable for your pet. Whether that means it will need a garden or to not be on a main road, it will need to be a place suitable and safe for your pet. As important as these features may be, it is advised not to restrict your options too much. For example try to search in a wider search radius giving you a higher chance of finding a pet friendly property.

3.     Introduce your pet to the landlord.

Having your landlord meet your canine companion or friendly feline may put their mind at ease that they will not cause any problems. This is most important if you are a dog owner as it gives you an opportunity to prove to your landlord that it is well trained and unlikely to damage the property. It is also recommended to create a reference from your previous landlord which states that the pet did not cause any problems.

4.     Offer a higher deposit if necessary.

The biggest concern for landlords when renting to tenants with pets is the damage that could be incurred during the agreement. If the landlord has met your pet and seen your reference but it still not convinced then it may be worth offering to have the property professionally cleaned. This will create the reassurance that the property will be in a suitable condition at the end of the tenancy. As a last resort you could offer to a pay a larger deposit than requested, so any damages that may not even occur have been paid for.

5.     Get written permission.

If your landlord has granted you access, allowing your pet in the property, then it is important to get this in black and white. Before signing the tenancy agreement make sure that any ‘No Pets’ clauses have been removed and request a clause stating that your pet is allowed. Make sure that if you are paying a higher deposit or offering to pay for a clean, that this is stated in the agreement as well. By doing this you are removing any possibility of this being an issue when it comes to the end of your agreement and the return of your deposit.

If you own a pet and need a property to rent, then by following these simple tips, you and your pet can find a property and a landlord you can work with.

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