Discuss pets with prospective landlord before renting property

Thursday, 22nd September 2011

Owners should inform a prospective landlord that they will be feeding pet food to their animal in the house before renting the property.

That is according to Samantha Baden, property analyst at FindaProperty.com, who was commenting on research that revealed two per cent of tenants had been evicted because of their pet.

She said: "We are a nation of pet lovers and fast becoming a nation of renters, but these two obsessions can sometimes clash.

"It's always best to discuss your pets up front with your prospective landlord - you never know - the owner might just be an animal lover themselves."

The survey also found that 17 per cent of pet owners have been stopped from renting a property because of their animal, while 13 per cent said they would break tenancy rules for their pets if animals were banned.

Liz McWalter, head of intake at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, added that many owners are being left with no choice but to give up their animals because of tenancy rules.

The charity revealed it has had 141 dogs and cats brought into the charity for rehoming because of problems such as tenancy agreements.