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I own a dog, can I rent a new property?

I am currently living in rented accomodation that allows pets. I have plans to get a dog, but also, due to unforseen circumstances, I may have to move house in the future. I know some landlords out and out just refuse to allow pets, and this is fine, but some are more open to negotiation. As such, would it be a better idea to buy and fully house train a dog in my accommodation that allows pets, and then when it comes to looking for new accommodation, I can say to the landlord "I have a dog, but he's fully house trained, and here's an extra couple of hundred on the deposit because that's how much I trust my dog not to destroy the house", or is it better to move out and ask the new landlord if I can get a dog?

Asked on Mar 7 2013, Renting in Godstone | Report content

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  • Hi lauren_72, As you are aware, renting when you have a pet such as a dog or cat can be very difficult because landlords are trying to minimise the risk of damage in their home throughout your tenancy. At the moment, I would say that the best option to take would be to look for something where the owner or letting agent already currently permits animals within the property and then if you do decide to get a dog down the line, it will be far easier. By buying yourself a dog first and then trying to find yourself a rental property, you will run the serious risk of not finding anywhere to live, largely due to the fact that demand is set to swell again later in the year (according to many experts). When there are a lot of people viewing and renting properties, landlords are far less likely to let people bring pets with them because of the risk of damage than they are when it is difficult to find a tenant, so I would definitely advise that it is better to try to take on the difficult task of finding a dog-friendly owner first of all. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Mar 20 2013, Report content

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