Renting to pet owners has developed a bit of a stigma. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home released a piece last year, concerned with the state of pet rentals: more and more pets were being handed over, as they were stopping their owners from renting.
But pet owners can make very good tenants. Not only that, but because of the shortage of rental properties that'll allow pets, tenants with pets will tend to stay longer. However with a few pointers, landlords could become more amenable towards pet renters. Here are a few things that can help:
- Raising the deposit: if you are concerned that a pet may damage your property, cover yourself by raising the deposit amount.
- Determine what type of pet is allowed: small pets like hamsters and gerbils aren't going to be much hassle, but are larger pets like cats and dogs acceptable?
- Put a clause in the tenancy agreement: this makes clear who's responsibility it is if a pet causes damage to the property.
- Ask for a pet reference: ask the previous landlord of the tenant for a pet reference, make sure the pet is well behaved, and isn't likely to destroy your property.
- Check your lease: if you are the leaseholder of a property, check you have permission to let the property out to renters with pets.
- Check the insurance on your property: it may prohibit you from letting to renters with pets.
There is no reason why letting to renters with pets should be anymore hassle than those without. Just know your rights, and what you can do to guard any unnecessary pet-related stress.