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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


Animal magic?




It has been a week of animal stories in the Bicester Office, including a cat who was spotted by its owner peering out of the window of someone else’s house. The house in question was managed by us, and so an emergency call-out was made on the Saturday and the cat was eventually coaxed out with a variety of treats. It turned out that the beloved pet had managed to gain access to the house, unnoticed, while the tenant was moving their belongings in.

Which brings us (in a round about way) to the subject of whether or not a landlord should accept pets in their property. Ultimately, it is the landlord’s decision and we have tried to help our applicants save time when searching by providing a ‘pet-friendly’ icon on our website. In reality, we will always try to help where we can and sometimes, by negotiation, can achieve a positive result.

For example, two applicants taking a home with us mentioned, just prior to the tenancy starting, stating that they would like permission for a pet cat. We spoke with the landlord who agreed to this because he is happy with the tenants’ references, he is getting a good rent on a good length of tenancy and, of course, we take extra deposit to cover any damage by the pet. So everyone is happy, including the future feline!