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Why is it so hard to rent when you have cats?

I'm looking to rent in either Chesterfield, Dronfield or South Sheffield but I'm struggling badly to find anything suitable. So many adverts say no pets or when I enquire I'd told that the landlord won't accept pets. Why is there such a prejudice against cats? Is there anything I can do to help open some doors - I've been looking for nearly 3 months now and the few that will take pets are either unsuitable in other ways or are snapped up so fast I don't have a chance due to working full time. It seems odd to me that landlords would happily accept families with young children who will write all over the walls and spill paint on the carpet, but won't touch a reliable, professional who just happens to have two old cats who spend the whole day sleeping...

Asked on Mar 5 2013, Renting in Chesterfield | Report content

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  • I'm so sorry you're in this situation.....All I can suggest is keep plugging at the letting agents. I'm in a similar situation, except we have 5 cats to contend with! lol. They are our babies but our landlord has decided that after 13 years we can not keep them! so we are looking and desperate!!! Understand that its not personal, the landlords are afraid of damage etc and cats/dogs are the scapegoats. I guess the only other "advice" that might be of help, if possible, is to offer a higher deposit or a separate pet deposit, we have also , to a few agencies explained that if the landlord is worried they are more than welcome to visit where we are now to see that the cats do not cause anything like the damage they think they do!!! Chin will find something!!!

    Answered on Mar 7 2013, Report content
  • Hi sghughes, Unfortunately, this is one of the most difficult times to deal with renting when you have a pet like a cat or dog, and one of the reasons for this being the case is because of the high demand at the moment, meaning landlords are never left with empty properties for long. In the past, the pressure to fill a house may have meant accepting pets more regularly. The issue most have, as mentioned above, is simply the fact that they see there being too much risk of a property becoming damaged by a dog or a cat, with furnishings, walls, carpets etc all being possible aspects they have to replace. You can still find some agents and landlords who will accept pets though. Try using the Zoopla advanced search to look for keywords like pets allowed or the like and you may be able to find someone who can help you out with this issue. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Mar 18 2013, Report content

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