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Why are there so few places that accept pets?

I've been looking for rental for 3 months now and there is little on the market that is to a good standard and I'm finding it even more difficult because I have a small dog. Is there any sites that only have properties that accept animals? Why is it that people don't accept animals? Surely this is limiting their tenant options? Any advice or help would be appreciated please. Thanks, Sarah

Asked on Sep 15 2010, Renting in Maidstone | Report content

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  • People seem to be afraid of what mess/damage pets will do to their home. I think it is people who make a mess, pets just need good training and good owners ;) Best of luck with finding a pet friendly let.

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    Answered on Sep 15 2010, Report content
  • Offer to have the property proffessionally cleaned after you leave, most peoples concerns are that after you leave the property will show signs of dogs and or smells therfore making it harder to re-let. I love dogs but I know that not everyone does and some people perceive them as dirty.

    Answered on Sep 16 2010, Report content
  • The other answers are right, it's the perception that there will be an increased chance of damage. The professional cleaning offer is always a good one to try.

    Answered on Sep 16 2010, Report content
  • Hi Sarah, We rented a house out once, to a family with a dog. They seemed really nice on the surface, but in the end I had to have the council round to fumigate the house, which was infested with fleas! It was so bad that we had to call the council back a few weeks later, as more fleas hatched out! You are probably very responsibe & I hope you've found somewhere now. But that's why landlords are reluctant to accept pets.

    Answered on Dec 15 2010, Report content
  • Some landlords will make their decision based on the breed of dog. However, the other answers are correct, it is mainly to do with the damage possibilities and the hassle of retaining a deposit & organising cleaning and repair works. Sometimes offering to pay a higher deposit may get you round this. If you are looking for a flat them some leases have a strict no pets clause, and keeping one in there will invalidate the landlord's lease. If you do find somewhere that will say they accept pets make sure you get it in writing as most tenancy agreements will state as a general clause not to keep pets on the premesis. It does limit tenant options but a lot of landlords have had bad experiences and don't wish to repeat them.

    Answered on Dec 28 2011, Report content

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