Lets with pets - our top tips to renting with pets

Here's a selection of the best advice we've learned over the years to ensure you can find a home for yourself AND your furry companion…

Lets with pets aims to show the benefits of letting properties to pet owners, as well as offering free information and support to landlords and letting agencies to make the process simpler. It also provides advice to people with pets looking for suitable rented homes.

With almost half of the UK’s population owning a pet, more ‘pets considered’ rented homes are desperately needed.

With this in mind Lets with Pets has launched the 3A’s campaign:

‘Ask’ all their landlords if they would consider letting to pet owners

‘Advertise’ which of their properties may be available to people with pets

‘Add’ a pet clause to their tenancy agreements with details of the agreed pet

Landlords often have concerns about renting their properties to pet owners so to help pet owners be as successful as possible in their search for a rented home we have come up with some top tips:

1. Don’t leave it to the last minute

Give yourself plenty of time to find a pet-friendly rented home and begin searching at least 8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.

2. Be as flexible as possible on location and property type

Being flexible will increase your chances of finding a pet friendly rented home for you and your pet.

3. Offer to pay a pet payment

Some landlord’s worry that pets will lead to fleas, pet hair and dirty carpets at their property. Offering a non-refundable ‘pet payment’ to pay for a professional clean when you move out will help put any landlord’s mind at ease.

4. Market your Pet to Landlords

One way of increasing your chances of finding a suitable rented home with your pet is by showing landlords you are a responsible pet owner. Use the free resources on the Lets with Pets website to put together a pet information pack:

A Pet CV – Include as much information about your pet as possible such as how often they are treated to prevent fleas, who will care for your pet in case of an emergency and the contact details for your vet. Plus a nice photo of your pet is always a good idea!

A Pet Reference – If you can, give the landlord a reference for your pet from a previous landlord or your vet. This can show your pet is well behaved, well cared for and able to live in a rented home without causing problems or damage.

Meet My Pet – Meeting your pet in advance should help put the landlord’s mind at ease. You could even consider inviting them to your current home so that they can see for themselves your pet has caused no problems there.

5. Be honest, never hide your pet

It’s never advisable to try to keep a pet ‘hidden’ from your landlord as in the worst case it could mean the end of your tenancy! Always be honest about your pet right from the start.

6. Get written permission

If the landlord has agreed to you keeping a pet ask for the ‘no pets’ clause to be removed from your tenancy agreement and a clause with the details of your pet to be added. This will prevent future misunderstandings.

Looking for a pet friendly home or want to offer one out? Get in touch today!