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Renting with a pet: make the move stress-free

POSTED ON 08 SEPTEMBER 2017

Not everyone is an animal lover; it may be hard to believe that there will be some people out there who wouldn’t care at all for your dearest, beloved pet, your best friend who means the world to you. However, pets are increasingly becoming more popular in the UK – and so are rentals. So how can you make the move go smoothly?

Due to a rise in Britain’s pet population and increasing tenancy lengths, so too has the number risen for prospective tenants looking for rental accommodation that allows pets, so never before has it been so important to have an arsenal of tips and pointers to carry with you whilst on the hunt for the right place to live with your pet. Although any given landlord may be perfectly fine with animals in general there are, however, a number of reasons why some landlords don’t want any roaming around their property.

Almost half (46%) of households in the UK today have pets. However, when it comes to a tenancy, the owner of the property has the final say in allowing pets or not, so it’s important to look into any specific conditions within the tenancy agreement relating to the acceptability of keeping a pet in the property. Much of the time, though, you will find that the landlord just wants to be sure that you are a responsible pet owner, which would reduce the risk of any trouble occurring later down the line.

Many of us will already be aware of just how stressful it is when you’ve left your accommodation hunting until the very last minute. However, when looking to rent with a pet, it’s best to plan and plan! Start looking a good two months ahead. This will allow time for you to create a shortlist before narrowing it down even further. Furthermore, be open to widening your search perimeter to ensure you find pet-friendly accommodation. If you restrict yourself to just the town centre for example, you may have less luck in finding somewhere suitable.

It may sound strange, but producing a personalised CV for your pet is becoming increasingly common. Not only will this provide the prospective landlord with everything they need to know about your pet, but it will portray your pet as a real lodger rather than a mere animal roaming around. In addition, actually introducing your pet to the prospective landlord will only take this demonstrated respect further, and this would be even more important if they’re a live-in landlord.

Offering to pay a higher deposit, and/or offering to have the property professionally cleaned regularly too can also help to put the prospective landlord’s mind at rest, helping to ensure a smooth and stress-free move for you and your pet.

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