11th April 2018

Pets and Property

Are you a landlord? 

Rent your property successfully to pet owners. To find out more about renting to pet owners, including insurance to cover pet damage, higher deposits and professionally cleaning properties on exit, order your free copy of our Good Practice Pack. Here's 3 ideas to consider when deciding to agree to pets in your property. 

  1. Advertise your properties as ‘Pets Considered’ so you can make a decision on accepting pets on a case by case basis. If you are renting your property through an agency, make sure you tell them you would consider pet owners
  1. Add a pet clause to your standard tenancy agreement when a pet has been agreed. This will go towards protecting both you and your tenant
  1. Ensure any additional deposit taken for the pet is held in an approved tenancy deposit protection scheme

Information from www.letswithpets.org.uk

Thinking of renting ? 

When you are looking for privately rented accommodation with your pet, there are a number of things you can do to make the house hunting process as simple as possible and to show prospective landlords that you are a responsible pet owner.

1. Don’t leave your house hunting until the last minute

Give yourself plenty of time to find a pet-friendly property and begin searching at least 6-8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.

2. Be as flexible as possible

The more restrictive your search criteria are, the more difficult it will be for you to find a pet-friendly property. Try to be flexible on location and property type as this will increase your chances of finding somewhere for you and your pet to live.

3. Write a CV for your pet

Provide your prospective landlord with as much information about your pet as you can. Include the contact details of your veterinary practice and someone who can care for your pet in an emergency. You could also include details of your pet’s last vaccinations and any flea and worming treatments they have had.

4. Get a reference for your pet

By providing a reference from your previous landlord, you can show that your pet is well behaved and has caused no problems at your previous property. This will demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner.

5. Introduce your pet to your landlord

Meeting your pet in advance may put your landlord’s mind at ease. You could invite your landlord to your current home so they can see that your pet has caused no problems there. This is particularly important for dogs as it’s an opportunity to show your dog is well behaved.

6. Offer to pay a higher deposit

Many landlords are concerned about pets causing damage to their property or furnishings. By offering to pay a higher deposit, you will reassure the landlord that you will cover any damage that your pet may cause.

7. Offer to have the property professionally cleaned

Landlords often worry that accepting pets will lead to flea infestations, excess pet hair and dirty carpets and soft furnishings. To put your landlord’s mind at ease you might consider offering to pay for the property to be professionally cleaned when you move out.

8. Be honest, don’t sneak your pet in without permission

It’s never advisable to keep a pet in a property without the landlord’s consent. This will only lead to problems in the future and could result in the termination of your tenancy. Always be honest about your pets from the start.

9. Get written permission

If your landlord has given you permission to keep a pet in your property, make sure you get it in writing. You should ask for a clause to be added to your tenancy agreement and make sure that any ‘No Pets’ clauses are removed. This will prevent problems from arising in future.

10. Make moving day stress free for your pet

When you are ready to move into your new home, think about what you can do to make moving day as stress free as possible. It’s a good idea to ask a friend or relative to look after your pet for the day if you can.

 Information from www.letswithpets.org.uk

Do’s and Don’ts For Moving House With Pets

Moving house with pets can be stressful – for both you and them. Cats and dogs in particular become very attached to their own territory and a house move can be very disruptive and disorientating. We have put together a list of do’s and don’ts to help your pets feel at home as quickly as you do.

DO try and get a friend or relative to look after your pet on moving day so that they are out of the way. This can be a benefit to both you and your pet; it gives you the space and time you need to move without worrying and your pet will be away from any loud noises and stressful situations.

DO keep your pet contained in one room of the house. If you would prefer to keep your pets with you during the move, set aside a quiet room in your old house and keep the doors shut to reduce the amount of noise. To keep your pet calm, make sure they have their usual bedding, toys, food and water.

DO leave packing your pet’s things until the very end. The presence of familiar toys and blankets will comfort your pet. Do not wash their bedding until a couple of weeks after the move so that there is something familiar-smelling in the new house.

DO make sure your pet’s ID tag or microchip details are up to date and include details of your new home address. In the instance your pet decides to take a walk around your new neighbourhood, it is important that they can be identified, should they get lost.

DO give them plenty of reassurance and attention, both during and immediately after the move.

DON’T feed them just before putting them into the car as they are more likely to get car sick. Like humans, pets can also suffer from travel sickness, so if you’re likely to be in a car for a long time,

DON’T let your pet loose in your new garden without checking it is secure first. Make sure to check all perimeter fencing and walls, looking out for gaps or broken panelling. When you do let your pets out to explore your new garden, go outside with them until they’re more confident in their new surroundings.

DON’T assume your pet will immediately adjust to your new home. Pets are creatures of comfort and sometimes they can take a little while to settle; allow them time to relax and become familiar with their new surroundings. Try not to leave your pet on their own for too long until they are fully settled as this can cause anxiety.

DON’T scold them if they chew things or aren’t house trained within the first few days. Change takes time to adjust to and dogs in particular can become very anxious and stressed from moving. Monitor your pet’s behaviour and make sure they are in an area with limited furniture to begin with.

DON’T avert from your usual walking and feeding routine if you can help it. Sticking to your pet’s daily routine before moving and then continuing it once you have moved will make the transition a lot more manageable and will make your pets feel more at ease.

For more advice on reducing stress, you can always speak with your vet and they should be able to advise on how best to keep your pet safe and calm.

 

Information from http://propertymark.co.uk/advice-and-guides/

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