Should you be searching for a rental property for yourself and your pet but are finding trouble finding a landlord to accommodate you, then the chances are you are not alone.
On the flip side, perhaps you are a buy-to-let landlord who is worried about letting to tenants with a beloved moggy, pooch or exotic bird?
Of course, you have every right to be concerned what a damage a pet may cause to your property and if your landlords insurance policy will be affected as a result.
However, taking on a tenant with a pet can be highly beneficial for both parties. Tenants with pets living in rental accommodation often stay for longer, giving security to both themselves and their landlord.
Landlords and tenants alike should consider these issues on renting with pets:
Manage the property-When thinking of taking on a pet, you must consider what your property can manage. The size of your property will, to a certain extent, dictate what types of pet you can accommodate. Think about your décor, fencing and if your outdoor space is suitable for larger pets such as cats or dogs.
Add to the agreement-Should you agree to taking on a tenant with a pet, you are well within your rights to add specific terms to your rental agreement. For example, you might want to add a clause relating to pet-related damage or what type of pets you will allow into your property. You must be in agreement with your tenant over any changes to their tenancy agreement and you must get them to sign to say they understand their responsibilities. Failure to do this will see you likely to be voiding on your rent guarantee insurance, should problems arise.
Reference check: As with any tenant, it is vitally important that you reference check renters with pets before they move in. A good letting agent will be able to take care of this for you. This will give you the chance to see if the tenants’ previous landlord has had any issues with them or their pets!
Tenants with pets
Assess the suitability-You might find an ideal property for you, but what about your pet? Check out all perimeter fences, gates and the surrounding area. The last thing you want is your pet coming into harm or disappearing altogether should the property not to safe or suitable enough to accommodate them.
Provide information-When meeting the landlord or property manager for the first time, give them as much information on your beloved pet that you have. Details on size, breed, training and health are all relevant and could sway a landlord into allowing you to move in. In addition, references proving that your pet is well behaved are a great tool in underlining your suitably to a potential landlord.
Communication is key- If your pet messes on the carpet or decides the sofa is their favourite scratching post, tell your landlord immediately. This will not only save them from any surprises come inspection time, but will also improve relationships as your honesty will come through. Remember that most landlords taking on tenants with pets will have budgeted for little accidents!
Get on with the neighbours-Try and resolve any issues you have with your neighbours as a result of your pets’ activity amicably and promptly. Should there be any misunderstanding, explain the situation to both your neighbour and your landlord.