What Do You Say When Your Tenant Asks About Dogs in Your Property?
Being an understanding landlord can be tough at times. The damaged driveway from the oil leak they missed, that crack in the tiles in the bathroom that was ‘like it when they got there’ and pets… pets can be a problem. We’re huge pet lovers here yet we know it can be tricky.
What do you do about dogs when you rent out your property? Is it a stock “no” answer every time? Or is there another way?
Dog tired of thinking it through? Here are three options to consider…
- Get it in writing
You could say yes to dogs and get it all in writing. Getting the dog agreed up front is essential, just like any other special agreement you have with your tenant.
Ask for details of the dog’s breed, size and age. All of this may affect whether you’re happy to allow the dog or more than one dog into your property. A large breed might not be suitable or maybe a noisy breed will annoy your neighbours and give you (and them) unwanted headaches. But perhaps if they have a small calm Chihuahua you’d barely notice it was there.
It’s also worth asking if the dog will be left alone (either inside or outside) and if this is a temporary or permanent arrangement. A dog left alone can be more destructive than one that’s not. A responsible dog owner will know this, but it’s best to use due diligence here.
- Dog owners expect the bill
If you own a dog it’s a commitment. You know that not all pubs are dog friendly and you won’t be able to go out all day and night. You’re also very used to being charged any additional fee to stay in a hotel or B&B to cover the cost of cleaning the extra dog hair you may leave. It’s very common.
So why don’t you add some rent to cover any extras? You’ll cover the cost of any additional repairs you may need to make and you’re also putting a good agreement in place that should also be keeping your tenant happy. Win, win.
So if you’re happy to, say yes - but only if the tenants are OK to pay some additional rent, say about £25 per month.
- Pet Claws
No, not those claws – this clause! Include a clause in the tenancy agreement (signed by both parties) relating to the property so you’re both agreeing on the situation and possible outcome.
Why not include a clause relating to potential damage and cleaning of the property at the end of the tenancy agreement so you’re covered for any eventuality? In our experience, most good tenants will be fine with this and will take the risk that the dog will be well-behaved.
If you’d like to know more about lets with pets, please just ask.
So it’s not always a no, is it?
Find out all the facts and more specifically what breed and temperament of dog it is and what care the animal will get. Put an agreement in place and cover yourself for damage. Most dogs are totally fine in a rented property, but you’re probably safer to cover your options.
If you’re still unsure, paws for thought and pick up the dog and bone… and give us a call.
We’re dog owners as well as letting agents – we’re wise old dogs!
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