8:30 AM, 23rd September 2011, About 11 years ago 6
Pets are a casualty of the buy to let boom as tenants are forced to make a choice between keeping their animals or losing their rented homes.
Strict landlords are banning pets – and animal sanctuaries are reporting a rise in abandoned cats and dogs as a result. A study has revealed 17 per cent of tenants have had their applications to move in to rented property turned down because the landlord refused to let them keep a pet.
The research by property portal Findaproperty.com also highlighted two per cent of tenants were evicted because of landlords’ no pet policies and another five percent lost their deposits due to damage caused to letting property by their animals.
A number of defiant tenants (13 per cent) said they would risk eviction and keep their pets regardless of their legally-binding tenancy agreement saying they could not.
Samantha Baden, a Findaproperty.com analyst, said: “We are a nation of pet lovers and fast becoming a nation of renters, but these two obsessions can sometimes clash making things more challenging when finding a new home to rent.
“In a highly competitive rental market, landlords have the luxury of being able to pick and choose their tenants and for some pet owners this can cause problems, particularly if they’ve failed to tell the landlord that they have an animal.
“It’s always best to discuss your pets up front with your prospective landlord – you never know – the owner might just be an animal lover themselves.”
One animal charity experiencing an influx of pets from tenants is Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Liz McWalter of the Battersea home said: “The boom in renting has seen an increasing number of animals coming in to our care because of bans on keeping pets.
“Battersea is increasingly concerned that many tenancy agreements are overly prohibitive about keeping pets in rented properties.
“We want to see tenancy agreements making greater allowances for keeping pets so tenants do not have to make tough choices about their animals.”
The home has taken in 141 dogs and cats this year because their owners faced eviction from their rented properties.