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Pets in rented property - can be good for the landlord

The OFT considers any blanket ban on keeping pets in a property unfair under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999. Therefore landlords should not include a ‘No Pets’ clause in their tenancy agreements anyway.

Prospective tenants of properties are advised to take out pet insurance and take this with you when you are looking to rent a property.

Its known that many letting agents have a hidden "no pets" rule, which mainly is aimed and long haired dogs and cats but can also include rabbits, mice and other "stinky" pets but by taking out insurance you are proving to the landlord you are a responsible pet owner. Such insurance will cover any actual damage caused by your over zealous pet cat should it decide to sharpen its claws on the landlords sofa provided to you.

Research has shown that over 40% of households have pets, so landlords and letting agents who exclude pet owners are missing out on nearly half of the potential rental market.

Armed with this knowledge it should make renting with pets a much easier proposal for you, and the landlord.


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