According to The Dogs Trust, around three quarters of pet-owning tenants have trouble finding a suitable rental property. This is because the majority of landlords balk at the idea of having a cat or dog take up residence in their property out of fear the animal will damage the carpet, scratch the furnishings or disturb the neighbours.
Luckily for pet lovers out there, pet-friendly landlords do exist. Although they may be harder to find, with a bit of extra effort it should definitely be possible to find a good home for you and your furry friends.
Why Are Pet-Friendly Rental Properties Hard To Find?
A lot of landlords decide not to allow pets because they worry about the damage that animals can do. And although older cats and dogs are much less likely to scratch, gnaw and claw their way through carpets, sofas and doors, it’s true that puppies and kittens can be a menace to your soft furnishings. Instead of taking a risk, most landlords choose to place a blanket ban on pets of all types.
Do pet-friendly landlords exist?
Although the majority of buy-to-let landlords won’t consider tenants with four-legged friends, there are plenty that will. There are even some rental agencies that cater specifically to renters with animals in tow. In most cases, landlords that allow pets will take a few extra precautions to ensure the property is left in good condition when the tenants eventually move out. In most cases this will include asking for a larger deposit to cover potential damage caused by the pet. Some landlords will also ask tenants to pay for a professional end of tenancy clean when they leave to ensure the property is in tiptop condition.
Why should landlords consider tenants with pets?
On the whole, pets actually do very little damage to rental properties. If cats and dogs do cause any permanent issues, the deposit should be enough to ensure the issues are resolved quickly. On the plus side, as rental homes that allow pets are at a premium, landlords that do decide to accept pets will often find that their properties let out more quickly and that they can demand higher rents. According to Pet Friendly Rentals, by not accepting pets landlords can decrease their potential market by around 50%.
In many cases tenants with pets will stay for longer due the difficulty of finding a new rented home. This can give landlords more security and prevent properties being left vacant for long periods of time. Being understanding about a tenant’s pets can also help landlords to build a stronger relationship with the people renting their properties, something that can help to encourage tenants to take better care of the building and stay in the property for longer.
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