Pet friendly prop­er­ties make money

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Property Today -

ac­com­mo­da­tion.

To ad­dress this is­sue, the part­ner­ship is aim­ing to dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the num­ber of rental so­lu­tions that sat­isfy land­lords, ten­ants and their an­i­mals, and to that end it has com­piled the fol­low­ing tips for land­lords and pet own­ing ten­ants.

Land­lords can in­crease the like­li­hood of se­cur­ing a re­spon­si­ble pet own­ing ten­ant by:

Treat­ing each case sep­a­rately. Ev­ery pet is dif­fer­ent so speak to prospec­tive ten­ants about their pet be­fore you de­cide what to do. You may also wish to meet it first.

Ask­ing for a ref­er­ence from a pre­vi­ous land­lord or vet­eri­nar­ian. This can re­as­sure you that a pet is well be­haved. An ex­am­ple ref­er­ence can be found at www.letswith­pets.org.uk

Check­ing if you own a lease­hold prop­erty. If so, you need to check that your lease al­lows pets in the prop­erty.

Es­tab­lish­ing a pet pol­icy. If pet per­mis­sion is granted you need to in­clude a clause in your stan­dard ten­ancy agree­ment that refers to the keep­ing of pets. A sam­ple clause can be found at www. letswith­pets.org.uk

Cov­er­ing against dam­age. If you are concerned about pet dam­age to fur­ni­ture request a higher de­posit or a spe­cific pet pay­ment to clean the prop­erty once the ten­ant and pet have moved out.

Mr God­dard added: “The pet own­er­ship is­sue has long been swept un­der the car­pet by let­tings agents and land­lords alike but with a grow­ing num­ber of home­less an­i­mals, now is the right time to act. Whilst it won’t solve the prob­lem en­tirely, I’m con­fi­dent that Belvoir’s part­ner­ship with Lets with Pets is a huge step in the right di­rec­tion for land­lords and pet-own­ing ten­ants.”

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