I said no dogs, now they want one offering more rent, but I can’t increase it for a year!

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8:48 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

I said no dogs, now they want one offering more rent, but I can’t increase it for a year!

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I said no dogs, now they want one offering more rent, but I can’t increase it for a year!

Tenants moved in a few weeks ago, I stipulated no dogs, they now want to get a puppy saying it will help there autistic child.

They’ve offered a large extra deposit and a £30 PCM increase in rent. But I’m not not allowed to increase the rent during the first year of the tenancy.

Is there any way around this.

Petermassi



Comments

John Dixon

9:52 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Not allowed? By whom?

John MacAlevey

9:52 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Peter,

How about ending the current tenancy, by full & mutual agreement, & write a new one with both parties interests encapsulated within?

John 29.5.15

Anthony Endsor

9:56 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

If you are happy in principle to accept the tenant's offer, or wish to make one of your own, then a new tenancy is probably the only way to go. Make sure it's all in writing though, so there's no doubt the tenant agrees.

sajed khan

10:14 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Hi Peter,

I had a similiar situation with a tenant who wanted a dog. I agreed to this.

The dog was clean and so was the tenant. However when she left the property the carpets smelled. It took me numerous tins of baking powder to get rurid of the smell.

My advice is refuse animals at the property!

Tom Purcell

10:45 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "sajed khan" at "29/05/2015 - 10:14":

This is not the right advice in this instance Sajed. They are offering a larger deposit and more rent. Rather that than a void period and with the larger deposit, Peter should be covered for cleaning the carpets in due course.

Tom Purcell

10:48 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Peter - new contract by mutual consent and make particular reference to the dog in terms of deducting from the deposit for damage and cleaning. Also specifically mention behaviour and barking.

White Collar

11:05 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

If you agree with their offer then go for it. Just simply agree an amendment to the terms of the tenancy and ensure the amendments are agreed in writing. No need to enter into a new tenancy just simply amend it.

Michael Barnes

11:43 AM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "John Dixon" at "29/05/2015 - 09:52":

Probably a clause in the contract.

Mark Alexander

13:07 PM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

I agree

sajed khan

17:06 PM, 29th May 2015
About 3 years ago

Hi Tom,

I appreciate your comments. However the carpets were cleaned twice. Once by my tenant and 2nd I arranged for this. The odour did not go away. I used baking powder which was recommended to treat it which eventually worked. But caused alot of stress money.

Peter may I ask why you said no to a dog in the first place?

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