Pet Friendly Tenancy Agreements
The Ministry of Housing announced a change to the government’s standard tenancy contract last month with the aim of making it easier for tenants with pets to find rental accommodation. This has been a move the government has been edging closer towards, as the issue of finding a property has been prevalent amongst pet owners for years.
Instead of landlords being able to issue a ban on pets, acceptance will become the norm with any objections by the landlord needing to be made in writing and with good reason.
Whilst well behaved pets can make a wonderful addition to a home and provide no issues for landlords, mishandled agreements can lead to disputes. You are currently unable to request a higher deposit due to pet ownership so along with good insurance, well prepared inventory reports are vital.
Top damages that have been noted by our clerks involve –
- Carpet stains and smells
- Pet hair
- Damage to door frames, skirting boards and doors
- Chewed furniture and woodwork
- Smells and hair clinging to curtains and blinds.
- Newly installed pet devises (Such as cat flaps)
- Garden damage including patches, signs of digging or undisposed of waste.
The importance of a good check in and check out inventory is even more evident when renting to pet owners.
Give us a call today to discuss your requirements – 01494 623091