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Understanding the problems with property to rent with pets

Pets bring out the humanity in a man. They are loving, funny and make homes comfortable and fun. Unfortunately, most rental properties do not allow tenants to own pets. This is sad considering that the freeholders who come up with these rules are themselves pet owners. At the moment, over 50% of adults in the UK have pets. All these people cannot be freeholders with a total say in their properties. They can also not be rendered homeless just because they have pets. Provisions must be made to set aside for property to rent with pets.

The Problem

The problems that arise with pet ownership are the reasons for freeholders’ fear of having pets in their properties. Pets may be fun and exciting but are as dumb and needy as toddlers. Ownership of a pet does not necessarily mean that the owner will take good care of it. Pets must regularly be fed, or they will wander off to other people’s properties. The inherently aggressive pets such as dogs can harm other people. Some people keep huge snakes as pets. There are reports of snakes going berserk and hurting not only neighbours but also their owners. Damages caused by pets to people and property can result into litigations that the landlord too will find himself. Landlords fear being dragged into negligence of their tenants. That is one of the reasons why they are reluctant to allow tenants to own pets.

Pets may also cause damage to the freeholder’s property. Untrained dogs tend to litter homes and spoil carpets and other building structures. Pet owners can also wreck windows and ceilings when playing with pets. It is the responsibility of the landlord to replace windows, ceilings and other fixtures on his property. A landlord would not want to incur financial costs caused by the recklessness of a pet owner. This is another reason landlords do not allow tenants to own pets.

Tenants with pets

Rental properties are not permanent residences. No matter how much a tenant likes a flat, since he is not the owner, he will eventually have to move out. If the tenant had a pet, chances are high new residents will feel the residual effects of pet ownership. A new tenant can move into a house just to find that it is full of fleas. Fleas and bedbugs are bothersome and difficult to eradicate. Once a property is known to have bedbugs or fleas, people will shy away from renting it. This will cause the landlord heavy loses both due to lack of tenants and because of the exorbitant cost of eradicating these bugs.

The demerits of owning pets are not an absolute contraindication for not letting a property to pet owners. Landlords have figured out ways of letting people own pets without themselves bearing the burden of pet ownership. Some landlords have increased rent deposits so as to cover for costs of managing deleterious effects of pet ownership. Others have given allowance for certain kinds of pets and not others. You will find landlords who allow tenants to own cats and dogs but not snakes and racoons.

If you are a landlord and want to let your tenants have their pets, you have to understand and make terms regarding the problems you might encounter. If you are a tenant you have to find a apartment that is advertised to allow pets and follow the rules and be a responsible pet owner. 

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