Renting With Pets

Renting With Pets

In the UK, we are a nation of animal lovers, with 46% of families owning a pet. However,

each year a staggering 1 in 3 families struggle to find a suitable home each year.

So, if you are one of the many families that are finding it difficult to find a Landlord that will

accept your beloved family pet, what can you do to help your situation?

* First of all, always allow plenty of time to search for a property, bearing in mind that you

may need to broaden your search and consider properties not in your original search

criteria. Try and be as flexible as you can.

* Where possible see if you can get a written reference for your pet. If you have rented

before and are able to get a written reference from your previous landlords demonstrating

that you are a responsible pet owner and that your pet is well behaved this will greatly help

your position.

* Write your own personal reference to the letting agent/landlord, at the end of the day,

who knows your pet better than you? In this you can describe your pets behaviour, you can

give details of any vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, anything useful that can

further support your case.

* If possible and where you are able to you can offer to pay a higher deposit. In most cases

a deposit of 1.5 times the monthly rent will be requested, however for extra piece of mind

the Landlord may take more kindly to the situation if a higher deposit is paid. It is a deposit,

so as long as everything is ok at the end of the tenancy your money will be returned.

* Offer to have the carpets professionally cleaned and sanitised before vacating the

property. Most landlords concerns with renting to a family with a pet is the fear that the

carpets will be left ruined and flea infested, meaning they will have difficulties re-letting and

a possibility of losing out on rental income. You can alleviate these concerns by offering to

pay for the carpet cleaning and have them sanitised before you leave.