Pet Owners and Rental Properties

Published: 28/03/2018

Are you one of the many people in London who is searching for a rental property that will accept pets? The truth is that finding somewhere that will take you and your furry friend isn’t easy.

Currently a landlord has the right to enforce a ‘no animals’ policy in the rental agreement. But, if the Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have their way this could change in the future. The party have just said that they will do what they will do more for pet owners who move into rental properties. They have stated that they want tenants to have a ‘default’ right to a pet unless it can be shown that it will be a nuisance.

That’s good news for many tenants who have had to give up a much-loved pet in order to move into rented accommodation. It will also make tenants who would like a pet happier. It’s a sad fact that Battersea dogs and cats home regularly take in animals from owners who can’t home them in their rented properties.

For many people having a pet is beneficial. If you have a dog it will help to keep you fit. You have to take a dog out for a walk and so whether you like it or not, you’re getting exercise too. While out walking you will often get to know other dog walkers, so it can help you make friends.

Owning a pet also combats loneliness. There’s nothing nicer than being welcomed home when you come through the door and looking after an animal makes you think about something else other than yourself.

Most animal owners are responsible people. They are more likely to become long-term tenants and look after the property they are living in.

Landlords often impose the no animals rule because they are afraid that an animal will cause damage to fixtures and fittings or become a nuisance and cause animosity with neighbours.

If you are looking for a rental property and you own a pet, tell the agent immediately. They can talk to landlords to see if they are prepared to change their minds.

This could be more likely if you supply photographs of your current accommodation demonstrating that no damage has been done. You could also ask your immediate neighbours for a testimonial confirming that they agree the animal has never been a nuisance.

Whatever you do, don’t keep tight-lipped and just move in with your pet. If your landlord is adamant about the rule you could end up having to give it to the animal shelter.

Speak to the landlord to see if you can come to an agreement or be patient and wait for the right property to come along. It will, and then you can move in and enjoy your new home with your pet.