Pets have become a prominent feature in households across the UK, and many people wouldn’t be without their furry pals. However, if you’re considering renting it can be a little trickier to home your loveable yet sometimes mischievous friends. This month is National Pet Month (1 April – 6 May) and the country-wide campaign is back to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership that benefits not only you but your pets too. It could also potentially help current, or future renters look at ways to find suitable properties and prevent issues in your home.
As a landlord, you have full control over the rules which you lay down for tenants, within the confines of the law of course. While certain things have to be adhered to, there’s a lot that you can control. For example, whether prospective tenants can bring pets into your property.
Pets are an important part of the family. In the latest PAW Report conducted by the PDSA, it showed that around 50% of adults in the UK own a pet. The most popular pets include our beloved cats and dogs. However, there are many other furry friends, including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and hamsters that live in our properties. Plus, we can’t forget those less hairy examples, such as lizards and snakes!
Moving home can be a highly stressful experience, especially if you have children and pets to take care of. While careful planning needs to be entailed, our helpful hints and tips on moving with children and pets can make your life that little bit easier.
Owning a pet is a common feature in many households, and in 2017 and 2018 alone, 45% of the population owned one. Some of the most common furry friends include a dog, cat and rabbit. However, there are other popular examples such as rats, snakes and hamsters that also make the cut.
Air quality is a very live issue, with a large number of cities both in the UK and across Europe recently having missed their targets for reducing pollution. But what about the air quality in your own home? Our properties are full of pollutants which can affect our health, including tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust, dirt, mould and harmful chemicals.
National Dog Day is less than a week away, so we’ve decided to address something that isn’t talked about enough – how to make your home and garden dog safe, and dog friendly without sacrificing either style or your own ability to make the most from the space.
Tenants with pets are finding themselves increasingly disadvantaged in the rental market. A recent article from the Guardian found that many landlords are now charging ‘pet rent’ of up to £50 per month – sometimes for each individual pet. This can make it much more expensive to rent a home, but why has it started happening, and what are the alternatives?
Finding out that one of your tenants has an unauthorised pet can be an unexpected surprise. Especially if it was clearly explained when they signed that pets are not allowed. Unauthorized pets are typically discovered during a regular inspection or after a report from a neighbour or flatmate. However, as your tenant has most likely become emotionally invested in the pet it is a situation that needs to be handled with care. Here’s a few suggestions for what you can do if your tenant has an unauthorised pet in your property.
We’ve all heard the sage advice that the way to seal the deal during a home viewing is to fill the rooms with the smell of freshly baked bread or good coffee. As advice goes, it probably can’t hurt, however, if you’re missing the Nigella gene or fear that just the smell of all that coffee will give you more sleepless nights than the sale itself, don’t worry - when it comes to the connection between olfactory neurons and making that sale, it’s more about what isn’t there than what is.
So you have a pet, or getting a pet! That's exciting but the worry is your landlord? You're right there is more liability for the tenant when owning a pet and this might discourage some landlords. Truthfully, however, there are positives that landlords recognise that might attract them to letting out their properties to pet owners.
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.
Considering that we’re a nation of pet lovers, it can be difficult to accept that many landlords don’t allow pets to live in their properties. There is good news for the future, however, as flat share firm, SpareRoom, is trying to encourage landlords to think again in this respect.
Pets are a huge part of family life. In a survey by Statistica in 2018/19, it reported that around 40% of the UK population own a pet. With 88% of these people saying that owning a pet improves their quality of life.
Lots of us at this time of year leave our property empty for a few days as we head home to see family and friends over the Christmas break.
If you’re looking to find the perfect rented home for your family including those with four legs, there are some important things to consider before signing a contract. There may be some special requirements or rules of having a pet in certain rented properties, so it's best to know the details incase you end up with a hefty cost during or after your tenancy.
The pre-fabricated housing industry in the UK is beginning to grow in popularity, with more UK-based firms producing the product that, in the past, hasn’t met with great success. Now, however, with the UK in the midst of a housing crisis, the need to build homes quickly has increased. That means that the modular or pre-fab house building industry, is well positioned to provide some of the much-needed homes, fast.