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Do You Allow Pets in your Rental Properties?

Love them or not, pets are very much integral to our lives. We are generally a nation of animal lovers!

The PDSA estimates that 53% of households in the UK own a pet. 😺🐶

Having grown up with animals my entire life; rescued three puppies from Bulgaria and a cat in Bahrain, when it comes to animals my decision making becomes, shall we say, “emotion” led. 😉

There is an article from www.gov.uk published in May 2023 talking about the Renters (Reform) Bill:

“The Renters (Reform) Bill will ensure landlords do not unreasonably withhold consent when a tenant requests to have a pet in their home, with the tenant able to challenge unfair decisions.”

So, will many still say “no pets“?

While the obvious concerns are negative:

  1. Damage to the property
  2. Animals smell
  3. Too many pets
  4. Potential noise to neighbours
  5. Allergies

There are also some positives:

  1. Advertising to a wider audience – pet and non pet owners potentially reducing void periods.
  2. By allowing pets this may encourage good tenants to stay longer, reducing costs in vetting new tenants and tenant change updating.
  3. Being able to charge a higher rent for a pet friendly property.
  4. Pets provide companionship for those living on their own.

Do you allow pets in your rental properties?

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