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Will You Allow Tenants With Pets?

The pandemic caused an increase in the number of people adopting pets for company during the lockdowns of the past 18 months, as well as a great number of people seeking larger properties and wanting to move house.

But with the changes in the law to allow tenants to keep pets in a rented property - albeit with appropriate permissions from the landlord - we have a look at some tips for landlords who may be considering allowing pets.

Check leasehold terms

If you have a leasehold agreement, there may be stipulations in the lease that prohibit or restrict pets in the building. You may be able to approach the freeholder or managing agents to see if the conditions in the lease terms can be changed.

Ask questions about the pet

Consider every pet and tenant on a case-by-case basis. If a prospective tenant has a pet, ask questions about the animal that will help you make a decision.

Check insurance policy

Check if your landlord, building and contents insurance covers accidental pet damage. Or check whether they offer additional cover for tenants with pets.

Include a pet clause in the tenancy agreement

Once you’ve decided to let your property to a pet owner, you should add a pet clause in your tenancy agreement. The government’s sample tenancy agreement now includes one.

Require a professional clean

Stipulate in the tenancy agreement that tenants should have the property professionally clean when they move out, including all carpets and soft furnishings, as well as treating the property for mites and fleas.

Many build-to-rent developments in the UK have been leading the push for pet-friendly rentals, and it is expected that there will be more tenants with pets in the coming years. Studies have also shown that tenants would be willing to pay a little more to be able to keep their pets, which means additional income for landlords.

If you’re looking for letting agents in Upminster, talk to us today.

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