It has become clear that houses aren’t as easy to buy as they used to be, causing more people to resort to long-term renting.
Is it time for Estate Agents to start persuading Landlords that a pet in their property isn’t a bad thing?
Pets are part of our everyday lives and part of our families. They provide us with companionship, but also with emotional support. They reduce our stress levels, sense of loneliness and help us to increase our positive emotional development.
(Source: Health For Animals)
So how do you go about bringing a pet into your home if your landlord doesn’t allow them? We’ve pulled together some tips on how to help further your chances of getting a furry companion into your rented home:
Ask your estate agent how you can prove yourself to be a responsible pet owner
You might be able to provide a reference from a previous Landlord, demonstrating that you have owned a pet previously and it caused no issues to the property or disrupted neighbours
Enquire about paying a pet deposit
Landlord might be worried about your pet damaging the property, so the prospective tenant could be asked to pay for separate specific insurance, to give the Landlord piece of mind for the end of the tenancy or if there is any damage caused. You could also offer a written commitment to be added to the agency agreement to prevent any future issues. Easy!
Offer to have more inspections
The Lettings Department could commit to checking the property more frequently when a pet has been allowed in the property, this will help give the Landlord peace of mind.
Enquire about pet-friendly properties
A list of properties that the Landlord has confirmed would be acceptable to have a pet could be prominently advertised in the Letting Agent’s office. This way you won’t face disappointment!