What to consider when moving with pets
It can prove difficult enough to find a new property for yourself, never mind if you have furry friends to worry about too! Below are some steps you can take to make the process of moving properties as smooth as possible for all involved.
· Don’t take it personally if a Landlord doesn’t allow pets. You don’t know what they have had to deal with in the past with regards to irresponsible owners giving their pets free-reign over the property. Something that happened a number of years ago could have tainted their view on potential tenants with pets. Find a way to prove you are different; show the Landlord just how much of a responsible pet owner you are; ask if you could take your pet with you to one of your viewings to prove they won’t be making a mess the minute they get in there.
· Think about how suitable the property is going to be for your pet. A 10th floor apartment, for example, would not be suitable for someone with a cat as there is no easy access/exit. However, a 2nd floor flat which they can hop on to a garage/shed roof behind may be better fitted. Same with a dog - ideally you would need some sort of outdoor space for those cold wintery nights where you can’t be bothered to walk them a mile around the block. Somewhere where you can open the door and they can more or less let themselves out would be ideal. Before you start looking at properties think about the features that you would need, but remember to be flexible.
· The cost of repairing damage caused by pets can be extravagant for Landlords. Some may not be opposed to tenants keeping pets in the property however they may ask you for a larger deposit so, in the event of your pet damaging the property, the cost of rectifying this would be easier to cover. Although, of course if you are a responsible pet owner then you will receive your deposit back as you have kept your pet under control and therefore there is no damage to be repaired.
· Ensure you obtain written permission from your Landlord that pets can be kept in the property and any ‘no pet’ clauses have been removed from your tenancy agreement. This will prevent any ‘misunderstandings’ in the future.
· Lastly, offer a cleanup before you leave. Let your Landlord know that any mess and fur will be dealt with before your departure – offer to get the carpet cleaned, ensure you will mop and the property will be regularly cleaned. This may even help persuade your Landlord to drop that deposit down in price!