Has Your Tenant Told You About Their Pet?
Here in the UK we are a nation of pet lovers. Whether it is a dog, cat, hamster or a goldfish many families welcome them into their homes and they are very much part of the family for a number of years.
However, that is fine if the person bringing a pet into their home actually owns the property as it is up to him or her as to whether they are agreeable to a pet taking up occupancy. It can be quite different if the family wants a pet dog or cat but they are in rented accommodation. The decision as to whether pets are aloud in the home lies with the owner of the property i.e. the landlord and not all landlords are prepared to allow pets in their properties.
A survey carried out by Animalfriends.co.uk that provides insurance for pets discovered that over a quarter of those people taking part in the survey did not inform their landlord that they owned a pet and kept it in the tenanted property. Doing this is not right as the landlord may not like having pets in the property as a pet can cause damage and leave smells.
If a landlord is prepared to allow a tenant to have a dog or cat in the home then the landlord may insist on the person renting the property paying a higher deposit to cover any potential damage or extra cleaning required when the tenant vacates the property at the end of the tenancy. The landlord may also require a higher rental amount.
Of course, if a landlord discovers that the tenant has a pet in the property without their permission then they are quite within their rights to ask that the tenant makes alternative arrangements for homing the pet. Another option is to insist that the dog or cat be kept downstairs.