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How does having a cat impact renting?

We have a small (5lb) devon rex (doesn't shed) cat. We're moving from the US to London and we need to decide whether or not to sell our furniture.

Asked on Feb 12 2012, Renting in London | Report content

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  • It really will depend on the individual renting their property, some allow one or two well behaved pets. A lot of people don’t rent to those with cats because of the worry over little claws causing damage, but not everyone excludes those with cats. You might need to speak to a few rental agents. If you find it difficult to find a property through an agent, try searching for properties advertised privately.

    Answered on Feb 12 2012, Report content
  • Unfortunately it will decrease your chances of finding a property. Landlords and agents are concerned about damage, cat hair (regardless of shedding) they also worry about cat litter and people who have allergies moving in after the cat has lived there meaning that the landlord will have to spend more money on carpets and cleaning etc.

    Answered on Feb 13 2012, Report content
  • I think it depends on the landlord. I personally feel it is good to have a tenant with pets, they are most likely to stick around for longer - hopefully that is a good thing!!

    Answered on Mar 5 2012, Report content
  • The first and foremost step that you need to take is to find a property that you and your pet will be happy living in. Agents should not refuse viewings simply because you have a pet cat. Then the hard work starts: you will need to convince the landlord and their agent that you are the best tenant for the property. Remember that if you go as far as putting down a holding deposit and make your intentions on renting a specific property unequivocal the landlord will be forced to consider your case more seriously. If you and your cat rented before then you could potentially ask your previous landlord for a good reference not only for you but also for your beloved pet. You could also offer to pay a higher deposit or to take out a specialist insurance. Finally, present yourself as the best possible tenant who will not only pay the rent on time, but will also look after the place as their home. It is also worth considering signing up for a longer term.

    Answered on Oct 9 2012, Report content

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