Finding Pet Friendly Property - For Tenants

One of the first things that any reputable breeder will ask when you buy a dog is what your accommodation is like. While some pets are completely suited to apartment life, others need that large garden to burn off any excess energy with no breed ever being the same. Similarly, as strange as it may sound, vets often blame over excitement for a lot of minor issues that owners visit their practice with, so it goes without saying that it's crucial that you don't only choose a property that is suitable for you, but also your fluffy friend.

Unfortunately, at the moment there appears to be a problem in finding pet friendly properties. Landlords seem to be petrified of the idea of allowing pet owners to reside in their houses, with many perturbed following the horror stories that have appeared in the media. This means that it’s becoming very difficult to find a property which allows pets although in a bid to try and beat this, we’ve put together the following tips that should help tenants who find themselves in this position at least hold more of a chance.

At this point, we should add a disclaimer. Some of the advice might appear absolutely absurd but on countless occasions it has been proved to work.

Tip #1 – Get references

You know we just mentioned that some suggestions might be bordering on the ridiculous? Here’s the first red flag. As strange as it may sound, getting references for your pet could be the best course of action you can follow. Usually, large breeds are frowned upon by landlords, but if they arrive with a string of endorsements it can paint a completely different picture.

Of course, we’re not talking about a recommendation by your neighbour. However, if you can obtain a reference from a previous landlord, it can work an absolute treat (pardon the pun). Additionally, any training certificates can also work wonders, and at least show that your pet does behave and is less likely to be chewing the walls at every opportunity.

Tip #2 – The professional cleaning clause

This is a more practical suggestion, with most landlords insisting on a professional cleaning clause for those tenants that bring their pets along. This means that a professional clean will have to be initiated prior to the end of the tenancy, with the experts using equipment that at least removes pet odour in the home. This is probably the biggest concern for most landlords as while you may think that your pet is completely squeaky clean, they will invariably leave some sort of odour in the property that cannot be removed unless you turn to specialist products and services.

Tip #3 – Be prepared to pay more

Unfortunately, the only way in which some landlords will be swayed is financially. Some estate agents make a habit of listing all of their properties with the infamous “NO PETS ALLOWED” heading, although if you call and offer an extra 10% of rent the situation soon changes. Of course, some landlords will still remain defiant, but the thought of netting an extra month’s rent across the tenancy period is simply too much for many to turn their noses up at.

Tip #4 – Don’t be sneaky

Our final tip involves sticking to the rules. It might get depressing as you toil from estate agent to estate agent, receiving refusal after refusal, but don’t be tempted to simply sneak your pet in at a later date. Your tenancy will be over pretty much immediately, while any chances of a future reference will be down the drain as well.

Unfortunately, the market is all for the landlord at the moment and this means that you’ll have to compromise. You might have to accept a smaller property, or one with outdated fittings, and you might have to invest in a closet full of specialist cleaning products, but you will at least be able to reside with your pet and this is all that matters for most.

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