Should I Accept Pets When Renting Out My Property?

When renting out your property, you have a lot of choices available to you. One of these is considering whether to allow pets into your home. This is one criteria that is really worth taking time over before making a decision, especially as people's lifestyles have taken quite dramatic changes since the last UK lockdown and it might be worth accommodating for some of these changes.

In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of allowing pets into your property, read on to find out more!

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It is generally easier to rent your house out if you do allow pets and you are much more likely to have a greater number of enquiries and viewing requests. Recent research has highlighted that there are a much larger number of pet-owners in the UK since lockdown and this is worth bearing in mind when looking to rent out your property.

However, with pets comes the possibility that there could be a higher level of wear and tear at the house during the tenancy. In some very rare cases, there can also be pet damage. It might be worth checking how many pets potential tenants have and what their working situation is, so you know if the pets are likely to be left alone in the house for longer periods of time. Luckily, with lockdown most people are working remotely meaning that a watchful eye can be kept on any furries!

It is also worth considering that not everyone appreciates a barking dog. Barking dogs can cause neighbour disputes or disagreements and you, as the landlord, could end up becoming involved and acting as peacekeeper between both parties.

If you are conducting your own viewings, then it is always best to ask early on if potential tenants have pets as they may forget to mention this to you until it is too late. Similarly, it is good practice to make it clear that if tenants decide they would like to have pets once they have moved in then they will need to gain your consent first.

If you decide to hand this process over to an agent then they would usually do this on your behalf as standard. If your agent is also managing your property, then they will usually conduct regular visits to make sure all is well.

Ultimately, it is always your decision as to whether you are happy to accept pets in your rental property or not. If you would like any further advice on this, please feel free to call our friendly team on 01747 416 516.

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