Lets With Pets

Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment so when applicants have animals it is important to find a rental property that will be suitable. In the current economic climate with demand far outstripping supply many landlords are choosing not to accept pets in their rental properties. However, as 43% of the UK population currently own a pet are these landlords missing out?

The Dog’s Trust Let with pets campaign aims to make the process of privately renting with pets easier for tenants while highlighting the benefits to landlords, such as attracting long term tenants as well as expanding their rental market.

A recent survey conducted by Dogs Trust revealed that:

  • 78% of pet owners had experienced difficulties finding privately rented accommodation that allowed pets
  • 54% of pet owners were never able to find a suitable rented property that accepted pets
  • 8% of pet owners had to rehome their pet in order to get accommodation

scottfraser are pleased to include numerous pet-friendly properties within our portfolio, these are usually shown with a paw print on the window cards or on the property brochures but many landlords are also willing to consider pets if asked.

Before landlords can decide if they want to let to pets they must consider their deeds. If you own a freehold property, there may be restrictive covenants prohibiting animals from being kept at the property. However, such covenants are increasingly uncommon and often relate only to farm animals. If you own a leasehold property (or share of freehold), it is important to study the terms of your lease to see whether there are any restrictions which would prevent you from accepting tenants with pets. If there are no such restrictions, you would normally be entitled as a private landlord to allow tenants to keep pets at your discretion.

Landlords deciding that they are happy to accept pets in their property does not mean that they must accept every pet. We recommend that you consider each pet on a case by case basis. We will find out what sort of pet the tenant wishes to bring into the property, including breed in the case of dogs. We will also ask about temperament and size to be able to allow you to make a clear decision on whether the pet is suitable for your property. If the tenant has rented before it may also be possible to get a reference for the pet from the previous landlord, or indeed from their veterinary surgeon if required.

If you decide to accept a pet the tenancy agreement should include a special clause stating the pet allowed, any restrictions and any additional deposit or final cleaning charges that have been negotiated into the agreement. This is especially important as many insurance policies do not cover damage caused by pets.

Lets with Pets provide a booklet for landlords providing advice about renting to pet owners. This can be downloaded by following the link provided.

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