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Owning a pet is very rewarding, but it doesn’t come without some complications, especially when it comes to where you and your pet call home. Finding a house that allows pets can be quite the challenge, with most landlords opting for tenants without cats or dogs.
It’s not impossible to find a flat, house, cottage or bungalow that will allow pets, so here is our guide to renting with one.
No pets allowed
While looking for somewhere to live there will be specific criteria the landlord wishes to achieve or avoid. Here you might find that the listing allows pets or bears the words, ‘No pets allowed’. While the latter will be the case for some, it won’t be set in stone for others, so don’t be afraid to inquire with the agency or landlord about the possibility of keeping pets.
The ‘pet deposit’
In England, The Tenant Fees Act prevents landlords from asking for a pet deposit, so be sure to keep this in mind in case you’re ever asked for one. Unfortunately, this does mean that the landlord might make up for their loss of income from the changes by charging more rent per month.
In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, they can ask for a pet deposit in addition to the security deposit in order to cover any potential damage caused by your pet at the end of your tenancy.
A pet ‘CV’ may help
A CV will allow you to talk about all the things your potential landlord might want to know about your pet. This will include things like their personality, behaviour, training, their last vaccinations and flea and worming treatments.
A reference from a previous landlord can also help you and your pet as potential tenants. The Dog’s Trust Lets with Pets has more information, tips and guides on the best steps to take as a tenant.
Get it in writing
Once everything is agreed with your landlord, and they’re happy for your pet to move in with you, the details are usually confirmed in a tenancy agreement or by separate letter. You should keep these, in case you need them for future reference.
Do not try and hide your pet
If pets aren’t allowed, or you do not have your landlord’s permission, don’t take your pet with you or buy a new cat or dog. If your landlord finds out that you’re in breach of your agreement, it can be used as grounds for your eviction.
These are just some tips on renting with a pet, but there are people who can help you if you find yourself in a difficult situation surrounding renting with pets or your facing eviction from your home because of your pet.
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