Pet friendly properties make money
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.”