Should you relax your ‘no pets’ policy, or is an animal-friendly rental a recipe for disaster? We explore the pro’s and con’s of housing tenants furry friends and how to deal with unauthorised pets, complaints and damages.
Using the Landlord Law Pets Agreement and Information Form27-04-2022
It’s wise to include some reasonable pet related policies in the rental agreement. That way, the tenant knows what is expected of them and, more importantly, you can ensure the tenancy is a walk in the park.
The most popular types of pets in rented property13-12-2021
Landlords need to be more accommodating of their tenant’s furry friends, as the recently-updated model tenancy agreement means that landlords now aren’t allowed to have a ‘no pet policy’. Whilst dogs and cats are often the most common pets in rented property, there are also other four-legged (and non-four-legged) animals that your tenants may wish to bring with them.
Pros and cons of being a pet-friendly landlord18-11-2021
Understandably, many landlords are on the fence about opening their doors to pets. If you’ve been in the landlord game for a while, you’ve probably heard countless horror stories about other landlords’ experiences with pet owners. But pet-friendly properties don’t have to be a source of worry.
Tips for letting to pet owners22-10-2021
It’s safe to say that we are a nation that loves pets. Nearly half of the households in the UK have at least one furry family member. However, many landlords don’t always share the same adoration for tiny companions, despite there being a high demand for flats and houses that allow pets. If landlords are intent on finding a way to dismiss any pet owners, they could potentially lose out on a great proportion of upstanding tenants.
Pet Fouling and Odours in Rented Property5-10-2020
Many landlords and pets have an infamously difficult relationship. Although it is much harder now for landlords to enforce a blanket ‘no pets’ clause, it is fair to say that tenants still often struggle to convince their landlords to welcome their cats, dogs, rabbits, and other pets into rented homes.
Flea Infestation in Rented Property5-03-2020
With animals often come fleas. No matter how clean a pet is kept, simply a walk in the park or a sniff in the garden can result in fleas. Most responsible pet owners will give their animal regular flea treatments to avoid this, but the problem can quickly get out of hand if they don’t.
Pet Allergies in Rented Property10-10-2019
There are many good reasons for a landlord having a pet-friendly policy - more rental applicants to choose from and lower tenant turnover to name but a few - however many landlords choose not to allow pets, despite it becoming quite difficult to enforce a blanket pet ban.
Pet Damage in Rented Property29-05-2019
Under the 2015 Consumer Rights Act, a landlord can only refuse permission to a tenant’s pet if it is reasonable to do so, such as refusing a large dog in a small flat or if the animal in question is likely to cause a lot of damage to the property.
Pets Jargon Buster2-09-2018
From puppies to parrots, if you are going to be allowing pets into your rental property then it’s important to be clued up on your tenants furry friends. Our pets jargon buster provides you with a break down and definition of all the words and phrases that are commonly used throughout this section of our advice centre and might be confusing you.
Pets in Rented Property2-09-2018
For tenants with furry friends, finding rental property that will allow pets can be a real obstacle. Many landlords employ a ‘no pets’ policy, and they have their reasons. However, with a growing number of people having little choice but to rent well into their 30’s, the views and laws on pets in rentals could be changing.
Top 5 Pet Problems in Rented Property Infographic30-08-2018
Destructive pets cause £600 worth of damage to the property over their timeline and the damage a pet leaves behind can reduce the value of a property by up to 5%.
Can A Landlord Refuse A Service Or Emotional Support Dog?9-03-2018
For landlords that prefer not to rent to tenants with pets, a tenant with an emotional support dog may not be ideal. However, you cannot discriminate against these individuals and should be accommodating to their needs. That being said, there are some instances where you can refuse a service or emotional support dog. We’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Landlord insurance can protect landlords in the event of fire, theft, loss of rent and more. Whether you’re considering cover or have just taken out a policy, we’ll guide you through the topic of landlord insurance.
Property Maintenance & Interiors
Every landlord wants their rental property to stay in top condition, and tenants may want to decorate their new home. Read our advice about garden and property maintenance, and interiors here.
It’s important to approach legal issues carefully to honour your tenants’ rights, so pay attention to the details. We’ll give advice on the most common legal issues landlords face.
It’s a landlord's responsibility to ensure that a rental property is compliant with all safety regulations - from gas certificates to fire safety measures. Here, we talk about every safety regulation you should be aware of.
There is often confusion around the topic of utilities. Even with the tenants’ names on the bill, landlords can still be responsible in some cases. We’ll guide you through the topic of utilities here.
Dealing with tenant and neighbourly disputes in the correct way is so important. Here, we identify the common issues that may arise, such as boundary issues and noise complaints, and the best way in which to resolve them.
Once you hand over the keys to your tenant, you can’t just turn up and visit your buy-to-let property as and when you like. Here you’ll find advice on the correct protocols to follow when carrying out inspections and guidance on what might constitute too much contact between you and your tenant.
Most landlords will experience an issue of some degree with damages to their property at some point. We advise on how to handle deliberate and non-deliberate damage to the property or its contents.
It’s so important for landlords to know their stuff when it comes to money and finances. Here you’ll find advice on everything from rental arrears, deposits and many other important financial issues.
We explore and advise on issues regarding illegal activity taking place at a rented property – with everything from drugs and cannabis farms, to the setting up of secret brothels and gambling dens.
We explore all of the other issues and situations that may arise for landlords, so that you can feel confident and in-the-know.
Squatters and unregistered tenants and guests are more common than you might think, so it’s vital you’re aware of the rules and regulations and how to deal with these issues correctly. We explore the in’s and out’s of squatters rights and secret subletters so that you don’t get caught out.
It’s no secret that the screening process is so important to get right, as it’s the foundations to ensuring an easy and simple tenancy. Here, we offer advice regarding applications, credit and background checks – and everything else you may need to know before selecting your future tenants.
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