Renting with pets - what you need to know

When you are looking at renting a property it can seem that there are a whole host of rules, regulations and terms that you need to read through before you can sign your agreement and get your keys.

Unfortunately things can become even more complicated if you currently have or are looking to have pets. Usually smaller, caged animals such as hamsters, gerbils or fish do not pose too much of an issue; but cats and dogs can have an impact on some aspects of your rental agreement.

Here at Ezylet we have put together our top tips for those who are looking to rent with pets. Highlighting just some of the things that you can do to make sure that the process is as stress free as possible for you, your landlord and of course your beloved pet.

Looking for a pet friendly property

Much like any other move to new home; when you are renting a property with your pets it will always start by searching for the right property. It is important to ensure that you give yourself plenty of time (6-8weeks before you need to move) to search view and discuss your tenancy as it may take slightly longer considering your circumstances.
You should also be prepared to make some changes to what you are looking for and your flexibility around where you live. Finding a pet friendly property can be difficult and there is often a need to assess what other factors in your new home can slide to ensure that your cat or dog can move in too!

“Selling” your pet

Now don’t worry, we don’t mean actually selling your pet to someone else; what we are referring to here is that you might need to sell the idea of your pet living in the property to the landlord in order for them to agree.

One great way to do this is to ask your current landlord (should you already rent with your pet) to write up a reference reflecting the fact that you are responsible owner and that there have been no issues. 

If all else fail then you could introduce your pet to your landlord, that way they can see for themselves just how well-behaved they are.

Offer extras

Another great tool for getting your landlord to agree is offering them a higher deposit for the property to cover any damage caused by your pet. You could also advise them that you are happy to arrange for a professional clean at the end of the tenancy which may help with any concerns that they have.

Never ever lie

Our one top tip is that it is vital to always be honest to your landlord, never think that you can sneak your pet in as you may be in real trouble and even be breaching your contract if they do find out.
We hope that with these simple tips you can look forward to moving into your amazing new rented home with your precious pooch or much loved kitty coming along for the ride!