You’ve probably noticed that most rental ads state “NO PETS” alongside “NO DSS” and “NO STUDENTS’, which shows that landlords consider the owners of cats and dogs as undesirable as the hard-up and the feckless. Or does it?
Some landlords stick in this blanket ban automatically, without really thinking about, and they might not actually mind a cat, a caged bird or a well-trained house rabbit (if there is such as thing!), they might even be open to the suggestion of a small dog, so if you’ve got a much-loved and well-cared for pet, it might be worth contacting them to see.
Tips to persuade them to lift their blanket ban on pets include:
- suggesting they include a pet clause in the tenancy agreement, available free from letswithpets.org.uk
- promising to pay for the property to be professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy
- offering to pay a higher deposit, say equal to 2 months’ rent, to cover any damage
- suggest the landlord meets your pet first to prove that it’s well-behaved and sociable (ie it won’t bite their leg off!)
- providing a good reference from your current landlord
If you notice a property has been on the market for some time and might be empty, the landlord will be more open to considering a tenant with pets.
Speaking as a landlord, I’m sure they will at least be open to the possibility of housing a pet, as long as you’re upfront with them from the outset. Whatever you do, don’t try to sneak in a Great Dane or even a poodle, otherwise you’ll be breaking the terms of your tenancy agreement and your landlord is entitled to evict you!