AS a nation of animal lovers, pet owners still face challenges when seeking rental properties.
Recently the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has teamed up with Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to release advice to tenants on how to secure their dream rental property for them and their pets.
The lack of rental accommodation in the private rented sector means that competition for accommodation is growing and renters who own pets could find themselves increasingly side-lined in favour of individuals without pets.
Some landlords believe pets cause damage to their property, however often the reality is that pets are no trouble and are in fact, a signal that the tenant is committed to making the property a home.
Turning down tenants with pets may mean that landlords are not only forgoing good tenants, but losing out on longer lets as research from the US shows that tenants who own pets usually stay for longer, by an average of 23 months compared to 15 months for those without pets.
You’d be barking mad not to let your property to pet owners!