Lets with Pets

Renting a property when you have a pet

We are happy to announce that we are now a member of the Dog's Trust Lets with Pets campaign.

This means that we are happy to help applicants with pets find a home, where appropriate. We are guided by the Lets with Pets campaign, and we would recommend that everyone visits the Lets with Pets website.
These are some of the Top Tips from Lets with Pets for finding privately rented accommodation with your pet (from their website):

  1. Don't leave your house hunting until the last minute: Give yourself plenty of time to find a pet-friendly property and begin searching at least 6-8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.
  2. Be as flexible as possible: The more restrictive your search criteria are, the more difficult it will be for you to find a pet-friendly property. Try to be flexible on location and property type as this will increase your chances of finding somewhere for you and your pet to live.
  3. Write a CV for your pet: Provide your prospective landlord with as much information about your pet as you can. Include the contact details of your veterinary practice and someone who can care for your pet in an emergency. You could also include details of your pet’s last vaccinations and any flea and worming treatments they have had
  4. Get a reference for your pet: By providing a reference from your previous landlord, you can show that your pet is well behaved and has caused no problems at your previous property. This will demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner.
  5. Introduce your pet to your landlord: Meeting your pet in advance may put your landlord’s mind at ease. You could invite your landlord to your current home so they can see that your pet has caused no problems there. This is particularly important for dogs as it’s an opportunity to show your dog is well behaved. 
  6. Be honest, don’t sneak your pet in without permission: It’s never advisable to keep a pet in a property without the landlord’s consent. This will only lead to problems in the future and could result in the termination of your tenancy. Always be honest about your pets from the start.
  7. Get written permission: If your landlord has given you permission to keep a pet in your property, make sure you get it in writing. You should ask for a clause to be added to your tenancy agreement and make sure that any ‘No Pets’ clauses are removed. This will prevent problems from arising in future.
  8. Make moving day stress free for your pet: When you are ready to move into your new home, think about what you can do to make moving day as stress free as possible. It’s a good idea to ask a friend or relative to look after your pet for the day if you can.
If you are a Landlord and or a prospective Tenant and have concerns or questions about renting with pets please email marketing@finderskeepers.co.uk.