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Pet friendly property?

Hi, I'm a 30 year old professional, a responsible tenant with good references and in the spring will be looking to move to a 1 bedroom apartment in SW London, but I am broken hearted to find so many potential places are not pet friendly. I have a small dog that's well behaved, toilet trained and fully vetted. He's not a barker and ontop of all that, his breed doesn't loose its hair, which makes for expensive doggie haircut bills, but it's better than a house covered in dog hair! I hear from other people that have had the same problem, that they don't tell their landlords about their pets. I wish I could be that dishonest, but I much prefer to be honest with people. Please can someone give me some help or guidance with this. Many Thanks, Hayley

Asked on Jan 19 2013, General in London | Report content

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  • Hi. I sympathise with you. Try Dogs Trust Uk 'Lets with Pets' section for help. How about taking your pooch when you register at agents, they'll see he's not a man-eater!

    Answered on Jan 21 2013, Report content
  • Hi HayleyBee, When it comes to renting with a pet at the moment, as you've experienced, it can be tricky, largely because landlords want to take the minimum risk possible when it comes to the potential for damage or the additional cleaning needed at the end of many tenancies. However, this is obviously a shame for those like yourself with well behaved pets. There are things you can do though. If you have the chance to search in your chosen area on the Zoopla, for example, you can use the advanced search bar on the right hand side, in which you can search for the keyword pets, allowing you to look for those who will either exclude them or allow you to find some that accept pets. Alternatively, you can use the link below to find a list of landlords who will accept pets in different regions of the UK. Thanks, Scott

    Web reference: http://www.petfriendlyrentals.co.uk/

    Answered on Jan 22 2013, Report content
  • Wow! Got surprised seeing your post! Exactly same here! Well, your post is over 2years old.. So, I hope, you two found your home sweet home :) If by any chance, you come across this website again, give me some advice or any info, please! As we struggling too and time is ticking... Thank you!

    Answered on Oct 6 2015, Report content
  • Hi Hayley, Unfortunately there is a lack of rental properties on the market where pets are accepted today, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances. Landlords are concerned about potential damage that pets (especially larger dogs) can inflict on a property. Try to prove to potential landlords that your dog is an asset rather than a nuisance. A great way to do this is with a pet CV - include a reference from your previous landlord and your vet to help ease your landlords concerns. You could even introduce the landlord to your dog. I've popped a link to some more information that might be helpful :) Good luck!

    Web reference: http://www.movebubble.com/2015/09/renting-with-pets-guide...

    Answered on Dec 17 2015, Report content
  • The thing is that you don't even get the chance to talk about your dog with the landlord. I have been rejected hundreds of time by the agent answering my phone call as soon as I have mentioned the dog. A dog CV is pretty much useless if there is nobody who you can show it to.

    Answered on Mar 27 2016, Report content

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