HOW HARD IS IT TO RENT WITH A PET?
We are all aware that renting can be a tricky process, with landlords increasingly in a position to be choosey with the type of tenant they would like in their property due to the growing rental market. So what happens when you have a pet with you too? Are landlords right to be concerned about the extra damage they could leave behind and how do we help answer these worries? Here is our guide on some helpful advice when it comes to renting with your pet!
1. Leave extra time.
Leaving it late with a pet could leave you in a tricky situation. We recommend you give yourself at least 6 weeks before the date you are due to move to begin your search because there are fewer properties on the market that accept animals.
2. Compromise on location and non-necessities.
With a pet, due to the smaller number of properties available, you will often find you will need to widen your search. By widening the location area or letting go of the desire for a Jacuzzi bath, you will find that you are much more likely to come upon a suitable property to keep both you and your pet happy!
3. Never hide the fact you have a pet.
If you fail to let your landlord know about the furry companion accompanying you in the property, it could mean a termination of your tenancy. By being honest straight away, you avoid any sudden property exits, as well as ensuring a good and honest relationship with your landlord.
4. Let your landlord meet your pet.
If you are confident that your pet will not damage the property and you are able to show the landlord this too, it is certainly advisable. Perhaps by showing how your pet fits into your current property is worthwhile, proving that it is not only well-behaved, but the landlord won’t have to panic about potential damage.
5. Present a pet reference to your potential landlord.
Another option that doesn’t take as much time as showing a potential landlord around your current property is presenting the landlord with written proof that your pet is well behaved. If you have a previous landlord that accommodated your pet without a problem, ask for a few written lines that you could present to your potential next landlord.
6. Offer extra money for a deposit.
As mentioned, the biggest reason landlords use as to why not to allow pets to live in their properties, is the fear of possible damage they could leave behind. By offering a higher deposit, it not only shows your own confidence that your pet will not harm the property, but furthermore gives the landlord financial reassurance that any potential damages will be able to be paid for.
7. Pay for a professional clean at the end of your tenancy agreement.
By offering to pay for the property to be professionally cleaned at the end of your tenancy, you are giving the landlord further reassurance that common pet problems, such as hair in the carpets, will be avoided.
8. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Pets Considered’.
Many sites such as Rightmove for example now make it clear whether the landlord is likely to accept pets right away with their ‘Pets Considered’ sticker. The sticker is used to promote pet-friendly properties simply, making it easier for those renting with a pet to find a suitable property.
9. Promote awareness of any difficulties you have faced renting with your pet.
By sharing your experience as a pet owner, either via a social media platform, or with a letting agency, you are helping direct attention to the problem. If you have had any dealings with local lettings agencies that have made extra effort to accommodate your needs, or a landlord who is particularly happy to share their trouble free experience with you and your pet, share this with people!
10. Make your pet a priority when you move in!
Moving house is a stressful time for everyone, with what feels like an endless amount of things to remember; but one thing that should be at the top is your pet! Pets can find moving stressful too and it is really important they are comfortable in their new surroundings. Maybe your pet could stay over at a place they are already used to visiting whilst you make the house a space that is safe and free from the stress of large moving objects!
Here is a little picture collection of our very own Abode pet, the gorgeous little Ruby!