can Landlords do in today’s Tenant market to
protect their property investment should they decide
to give into the thought that a Tenant with a Pet
maybe better than not having a tenant at all?
tips when qualifying the Pros and Cons of Tenants
with Pets could be as follows:
With so few properties allowing for Pets, you could
swing this in your favor by promoting pets allowed.
• Pet Owners know how hard it is to find properties
that allow for pets and will be encouraged to stay
longer than those Tenants without.
• Responsible Pet Owners often make responsible
Tenants. As above, Tenants would not want to jeopardize
their tenancy given the short supply of pet friendly
homes and as such will take extra care to ensure cleanliness.
• Landlords who exclude pet owners from their
properties are missing out on a large chunk of the
rental market as 46% of the population currently own
a pet. By adopting a pet-friendly approach, you can
easily increase demand for your property and attract
long-term, responsible Tenants.
So Landlords…. inform your Online Letting Agent
you would consider pets for your property and then
take these easy steps before deciding whether or not
to go ahead:
Speak to any prospective tenant about their pet before
deciding whether to accept them. We all know every
pet is different and you should make your decision
on a case by case basis. Meet them both before making
the call if you have to.
• Ask the Tenant to supply you with a written
reference for their pet from a previous Landlord or
Veterinarian whenever possible. No credit check necessary
with this one!
• If you are concerned about the pet causing
damage to the property or furnishing, you can ask
for a higher deposit.
• If you go ahead and agree to a Tenant keeping
a pet in your property, you should include a pet policy
clause in your standard tenancy agreement that refers
specifically to the keeping of pets.
Landlords and Tenants wanting to understand more about
Letting properties to Tenants with pets, we found
the following website, www.dogstrust.org.uk, a useful
place for more information.
those of you still interested the Top 10 UK
Fish (over 40.0M) Indoor and Outdoor)
2. Dogs (around 8.0M)
3. Cats (around 8.0M)
4. Rabbits (around 1.0M)
5. Birds (around 1.0M – Indoor)
6. Domestic Fowl (over 0.5M)
7. Guinea Pigs (around 1M)
8. Hamsters (around 0.5M)
9. Horses/Ponies (around 0.3M)
10. Tortoises/Turtles (around 0.3M)