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What are the rules about pets in rented property?

We live in tied accomadation and in two years my husband retires so we will need to rent in the private sector as our council does not have a housing list as such. We have pets can you tell me please the rules if any regarding these?

Asked on Oct 10 2011, Renting in Portsmouth | Report content

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  • Some landlords will allow it and other won't, you will need to make sure your lettings agent knows this.

    Answered on Oct 11 2011, Report content
  • The rules are... there are no rules! Some landlords have strong views; but in my experience most are relaxed. In many cases it is the AGENT who attempts to dictate whether properties are offered to tenants with pets. This is simply because it makes their lives simpler if no pet odours are present in rented properties. That being said, you should never attempt to secure a rented property by omitting the information, as you will be in breach of the Tenancy Agreement if you then allow pets to stay without prior (ALWAYS get written...) approval. IF you meet resistance from Agents when looking for a rental property, simply request that your proposed interest in securing a tenancy be passed to the Landlord for consideration.

    Answered on Oct 11 2011, Report content
  • The answer to your question will vary depending agent to agent and landlord to landlord. Some landlords/agents do not accept them at all. others may ask for a higher security deposit and request that the property be flea treated and professionally cleaned at the end of your tenancy. Other landlords will be fine for you to keep pets. Speak to local agents.

    Answered on Oct 12 2011, Report content
  • Ultimately it is at the landlord's discretion - there can be a whole world of difference from one request about pets to another, (a dog could be from a terrier to a St. Bernard...) As an agent, we recommend that a landlord should be aware of the specifics (ie number of pets, type etc.) and should be agreeable to terms such as shampooing carpets when exiting the property. It might sound a bit petty, but if the next tenant or new landlord takes the property is allergic to pets it can be difficult to rectify it.

    Answered on Dec 22 2011, Report content
  • Some landlords are keen to allow pets - generally speaking pet owners are more respectful of properties, also they prefer to stay in one area longer thus reducing the likelihood of voids.

    Answered on Apr 26 2012, Report content
  • Hi, Some landlords will allow pets in their properties however it is best to always ask first.

    Answered on Sep 26 2013, Report content
  • Hello! It’s becoming increasingly difficult in the UK to find accommodation that allows common household pets such as dogs and cats. The situation is now becoming so difficult people are simply lying to their landlords. There are many things you can try to rent with a pet, such as filling out a CV made for animals. Even going through special animal only letting portals that you can find on the web. The law is also on your side in some cases with laws such as the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Hope that helps. Jeff Djevdet!

    Answered on Jan 25 2016, Report content
  • From our personal experience I would suggest that you start looking months ahead your required moving date as it looks extremely difficult. My tips are to present a CV for your pet, recommendations of previous landlords, offer to pay a higher deposit and agree to sign for special pet cleaning when you move out. (We are trying to find a decent nice flat in a central area of our city that will allow pets over a year now without success.) In general I would say that only a 10% of the available flats will accept pets).

    Answered on Jan 30 2016, Report content

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