If you’re looking to rent privately with your pet, charity Dogs Trust runs a website that’s chock-full of advice. Here are 10 top tips:
Don’t leave house-hunting until the last minute.
Be flexible on where you’ll live, in order to increase your chances.
Write a CV for your pet. Provide your prospective landlord with as much information as you can. Include the contact details of your veterinary practice and someone who can care for your pet in an emergency.
Provide references from previous landlords to show your pet is well-behaved.
Introduce your pet to your landlord.
Offer to pay a higher deposit, to reassure your landlord that you’ll cover any damage.
Arrange to have the property professionally cleaned when you move out.
If your landlord has given you permission to keep a pet, get this in writing.
Be honest! Don’t try to sneak your pet in without permission, or you risk termination of your tenancy.
If you do find a place to rent, consider asking friends to watch your pet on moving day, to reduce their stress.
Don’t try to smuggle your pet in!