Letting to tenants with pets
Landlords who permit having suitable pets in their property have a much larger range of tenants to choose from. Tenants do have difficulty finding pet friendly properties, this is mainly due to the perception of there being an increased risk of damage to the property when let to tenants with a pet. This is not always the case, Paul Robinson, Director at Liberty Gate says: “There are upsides to having a pet in a rented property, such as a wider appeal and a choice of tenants who are likely to stay longer. Although damage by pets is excluded under a standard clause on most insurance policies, the risk can be reduced by taking a larger deposit to cover pet damage; and adding a pet clause in the tenancy that describes the agreed pet and includes requirements for cleaning carpets and upholstery and infestation treatments at the end of the tenancy”.
Liberty Gate have 6 points of advice that landlords should follow if they wish to allow pets in their property:
1. Ask the tenant about their pet.
2. Get pet references from other previous landlords or vet.
3. If the property is a leasehold flat check the terms of the head lease for any restrictions which could prevent the occupier from keeping pets. Normally if there are none of these restrictions you would be entitled to allow tenants to keep pets at your discretion.
4. Add a clause to the tenancy to make sure that pets have been agreed, and that it includes the pets name and type.
5. Request a higher deposit.
6. Seek an agreement with the tenant in which they have to get the property professionally cleaned when they move out. Or you can agree a non-refundable payment in advance to cover the cost of cleaning.
Please contact us at Liberty Gate if you have any questions regarding Letting with Pets. We have lots of information and advice available for both landlords and tenants. Call 0115 853 2199.