At present I let several on my properties to tenants with pets. Being a pet lover myself I have always been open to doing so. However, as a landlords I accept there are risks and over the years I have worked out a system which makes me feel comfortable letting to pet owners.
This also makes good business sense as almost half the UK population owns pets.
Being open to letting with pets helps maximise the returns on all rental properties.
I have always made it clear to any potential tenant that there are no excuses for bad animal behaviour. If their pet become a nuisance it is down to them and puts them in breach of their tenancy agreement and could lead to their eviction.
I explain that if the pet damages the property in any way, for whatever reason, they will be expected to make good the damage. I also have them agree to have the property professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy. This is not a cleanliness issue as such, but a health issue as the next tenant might be allergic.
I normally write all this up and have it in a special section in my Assured Shorthold Tenancy. If I am particularly worried, I have in the past asked for an additional deposit. This has to be included in the total deposit and entered into the tenancy deposit scheme as per your normal practice.
Recently I came across the Dogs Trust and in particular, a scheme called Let with Pets. The Let with Pets scheme makes the process of privately renting with pets easier for letting agencies, landlords and pert owners by providing practical tips, tools and a step-by-step guide.
The Benefits :
- Increase number of potential tenants
- Reduced void periods
- Minimise risk
- Professionally cleaned properties at the end of a tenancy.
The free scheme offers
- A Renting to Pets Owners Guide
- A pre tenancy checklist
- A Renting with Pets guide for tenants including advice on; putting together a pet CV, getting a pet reference and a website containing all of these free downloadable resources and more. See www.letswithpets.org.uk
About the author of this Post
Syd Lewis has been a private landlord for over 20 years, he is an accredited member of the National Landlords Association (NLA), Residential Landlords Association (RLA), Sponsor of the Good Landlords Campaign, a full member of the Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP) and a Certified Electrical Portable Appliance Tester (NIPIT). He is passionate about what he does which is providing residential inventory services, PAT testing and marketing floor plans for Agents, Landlords and Tenants. Inventories start from £56.00 to find out more see:-