Should I allow pets in my rental property is a question we often get asked by landlords.

Whether to allow tenants to have pets will often depend on the type of property – but with the increase in long-term rents, we are seeing more tenants asking to keep pets in their rental property.

When you consider there are around 52 million pets in the UK, and a quarter of the population own a dog, you are dramatically reducing your pool of potential tenants if you don’t allow pets.

After more than 30 years working in property management in Telford, I have seen plenty of good and bad experiences – but you can minimise any issues at the outset by including pets in your tenant screening process.

Ideally, you should ask for a reference about the pet from a previous landlord, and when talking to the prospective tenant, ask some or all of the following questions:

What kind of pet do you have, and what breed?

How old is the pet?

How long have you owned the pet?

Is the pet insured?

Does your pet have any behavioural problems, and if so are you undertaking any training or treatment?

Is the pet registered with the council? (Some exotic animals, like spiders and snakes, are required to have a licence).

Other steps you can take include putting a clause in the tenancy agreement to specify the details of which pets are allowed and to cover any pet-related damage, along with a professional cleaning service at the end of the tenancy.

For more advice about property management and lettings in Telford and across Shropshire, give me a call on 01952 290163, or email d.clarke@nockdeighton.co.uk

Dawn

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