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Pet friendly properties are sought after by tenants

From Robert Ulph on February 24, 2015

Here at Pennington we get a lot of enquires from tenants who have pets; in our experience, however, most landlords decide against allowing pets in their properties – are they missing a trick??

It is estimated that 35% plus of the population currently own a pet and almost five million people live privately in rented accommodation yet the dreaded question to ask a Landlord “do you accept pets” is one we almost always get a NO THANKS to.

Deciding whether or not to accept pets in your property can seem like a big decision, particularly if you have little experience of pets yourself. But it’s something that you should carefully consider as so many people own a pet especially if the property is suited for families or in the countryside.

If landlords are willing to allow tenants with pets it will help to maximise the rental potential and give your property an extra edge compared to other nearby property on the market To Let; by excluding pet owners landlords are potentially missing out on a significant proportion of potential occupiers.

Pet friendly properties usually get snapped up quickly and are never vacant for long. It also encourages tenants to stay for longer – pet owners know how difficult it is to find rented accommodation that allows pets so they are more likely to stay longer than those tenants with no pets.

If landlords decide to allow pets in their property, there are a few simple steps that should be followed:-

1) Ask prospective tenants to supply you with a written reference – it’s always good to get someone else’s opinion of the animal and its always worthwhile arranging to visit them in their current accommodation to see how they care for it and if the pet has had any adversary effect on the condition of the property.

2) If you own a leasehold property check that the Head lease allows animals (a lot of apartment blocks prohibit cats or dogs)

3) Once you have given permission for a tenant to keep a pet, make sure that you or your agent inserts an appropriate pet clause in the tenancy agreement to cover damage and any extra cleaning that will be required.

4) Consider increasing the deposit held on the property, we usually take 6 weeks rent but you could ask for this to be increased to maybe 2 months to cover any potential extra cleaning or damage.

For more advice as a Landlord or tenant about keeping a pet in rented property Pennington has a limited supply of – The Dogs trust “renting to pet owners” Landlords guide and “renting with pets” for tenants guide. Please e-mail me or call for more details on how to get your copy.

If you would like to have an informal chat with Robert about any residential property questions or issues you may have please contact him on:

01473 214343