Renting with Pets
We receive many enquiries from applicants looking to rent a property with pets.
Landlords can reserve the right to prevent pets from being in their properties, but that doesn’t mean pet owners can’t rent with a pet.
If you want to rent a property and have a pet, the first step would be to discuss this with the letting agent or landlord about whether they would allow you to keep a pet.
Remember, the reason landlords aren’t keen on having pets in their property is because of the risks. Pets can lead to dirty conditions, lingering smells, pest infestations, and complaints from neighbours. As a tenant, it is your job to prevent the risks and convince your landlord you will act responsibly.
In January, the UK Government updated the new standard tenancy agreement to make it easier for tenants with pets to find rented accommodation in England.
Landlords will now have to seek consent for pets as the default position and will have to object in writing in case of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason.
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Posted on Wednesday, 12 May, 2021