With Pet Ownership on the Increase are Landlords Ignoring a Huge Market

With Pet Ownership on the Increase are Landlords Ignoring a Huge Market

We are often asked if we have any properties that will accept pets, but the majority of landlords would prefer not to due to the potential of damage to the property and furniture and high cleaning costs.

But with pet ownership on the rise with nearly 50% of the population owning a pet, are landlords ignoring 50% of potential tenants?


Why might a Landlord not want pets in their property?


There are a host of reasons why a landlord may not want to have cats, dogs or other animals in a property they are letting.

Some less responsible pet owners may allow pets to damage floors and items of furniture, annoy neighbours with loud barking at unsocial hours, and leave mess everywhere.

Some pets also smell, and can leave a nasty odour around the property. Meaning the landlord could be left with a hefty cleaning bill once the tenant moves out.

If pets do not receive regular treatment, they are at high risk of catching fleas which can quickly infest a property. In some cases, pets can affect subsequent tenants who may have allergies.

However for some landlords, the reason for not allowing pets could simply be habit.


Why might a pet owner make a good tenant?


Not all pet owners are the same, there are plenty of responsible pet owners out there who can make very good tenants.

Those who own a pet may be happier and more settled and want to go on living in the same rental property for longer, meaning a landlord does not have to worry about finding new tenants as often.

Conscientious pet owners usually have well trained and treated animals and they will normally bend over backwards to ensure their pets do not cause mess, damage or inconvenience to others to ensure the landlord stays pet friendly and is happy to renew the tenancy.


What can Tenant do to  persuade a Landlord to accept a pet?


Responsible pet owners may be able to persuade a landlord to let them keep a pet by writing an agreement covering their intentions and obligations. This could include commitment to maintaining the health of the pet, paying for damages and a professional clean at the end of the tenancy. What ever you do agree to ensure that it is clearly stated in your tenancy agreement.

Pet owners could also offer the landlord copies of the pets medical records to show it is well looked after and up to date with vaccinations and flea treatments, they could also provide references from previous landlords who have permitted you to have a pet.



What are the positives for a Landlord in accepting pets?


Just by marketing a property as "pet friendly" a landlord should get many more enquiries as they widen their potential pool of tenants, leading to shorter void periods.

Responsible pet owners will appreciate a friendly approach to their pet and will be conscientious in maintaining the condition of the property to ensure renewal of the tenancy which should lead to longer periods of occupation.

If you are a landlord considering becoming "pet friendly" to take advantage of the potential shorter void periods and longer tenancies we would love to speak with you.

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