According to the results of an online survey conducted at the start of 2021, it is estimated that around 59% of the UK population own at least one domestic pet. The current rules state that landlords are allowed to place a ban on receiving applications from pet owners which can make it quite difficult for people to find the perfect property for themselves and their furry friends, and trying to sneak a pet into your property under their nose can result in an eviction notice. Read on as we explain how to rent legally with a pet…

Ask for Specifics

When it comes to renting, it is important that you know your tenancy agreement like the back of your hand and are aware of what is expected of you throughout. If the letting agency tells you verbally that pets are allowed then you should request this information in a written, legal format to cover your own back. On the other hand, if you are told that pets are not allowed then ask specifically what this rule entails as some landlords place a ban on tenants having a permanent pet but may allow guests to bring their own pets on a visit.

Pet Deposits

Finding a pet-friendly rental can be a challenge, however a lot of landlords and letting agencies have been introducing a ‘pet deposit’ rather than refusing to accept pet-owning tenants completely. This is an extra sum of money that is taken alongside your regular deposit in order to cover any damage to the property caused by your furry friends and can be refunded in the same way should you choose to end your tenancy. With this said, the decision to offer this is entirely at the landlords discretion.

New Standard Tenancy Agreement

On January 28th 2021, the government introduced a new standard tenancy agreement that would make it easier for responsible tenants with well-behaved pets to lease a property. According to the amended regulations, landlords are no longer able to issue a blank ban on pets and consent will be the default. Instead, it is the responsibility of the landlord to object within 28-days of a pet request and they must do so with a good reason. To protect landlords, tenants who are allowed to have a pet are legally responsible for any damage caused during their tenancy. It is thought that just 7% of private landlords advertise pet-friendly properties, however it isn’t all doom and gloom for pet owners thanks to the government’s introduction of a new standard tenancy agreement that should make the entire process a lot fairer. Either way, it is important that you receive clear, written confirmation that your tenancy agreement is pet-friendly before moving your four-legged friend in. To speak to a member of the Empanda Properties team, get in contact with the best letting agency Altrincham has to offer today