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Top tips for finding a home with a pet

Top tips for finding a home with your pet

Our top tips

We at Outlet realise just how difficult it is find rented accommodation for you and your pet. Therefore under the Lets with Pets scheme we put together some really straight forward and easy tips for you to follow to hopefully make it just a bit easier.

We know it’s tough but with the help from the brilliant Dogs Trust we are slowly winning around landlords to finally understand what amazing tenants pet owners make. Hopefully one day all landlords will accept pets as the norm.

Click here for the latest pet rental success stories.


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.


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.


Write a CV for your pet

Provide your prospective landlord with as much information about your pet as you can. Write a CV and include contact details for your veterinary practice and for someone who can care for your pet in case of an emergency. You could also include details of your pet’s last vaccinations and any flea and worming treatments they have received.


Get a reference for your pet

By providing your landlord with a reference from your previous landlord or your vet, you can show that your pet is both well behaved and capable of living in rented accommodation without causing problems or damage. This will also demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner.


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 that they can see that your pet has caused no problems there. This is particularly important for dogs as it’s an opportunity to show that your dog is calm and well behaved.


Offer to pay a higher deposit

Many landlords are concerned about pets causing damage to their property or furnishings. By offering to pay a higher deposit, you will reassure the landlord that you will cover any damage that your pet may cause.


Offer to have the property professionally cleaned

Landlords often worry that accepting pets will lead to flea infestations, excess pet hair and dirty carpets and soft furnishings. To put your landlord’s mind at ease you might consider offering to pay for the property to be professionally cleaned when you move out. Some landlords and letting agents may ask for a non-refundable payment in advance to cover the cost of cleaning. Please note: as landlords and letting agencies in Scotland can only charge rent and a refundable deposit for the granting, continuance or renewal of a private rented tenancy, other charges such as a pet payment are not permitted.


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. It’s possible that keeping pets in the property may even violate the landlord’s own leasehold agreement. It’s advisable to always be honest about your pets from the start.


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 to cover the keeping of pets and make sure that any ‘No Pets’ clauses are removed. This will prevent problems from arising in future.

Call to action

If you have any questions, or would like us to find you a pet-friendly rental, please contact us

And if you’re currently struggling to find a rental for you and your pet, take heart. With our help, there are plenty of happy endings

Outlet loves pets

Diane with cats

Without your help, and Outlet’s, we would still be in a temporary hotel and my pets in a cold shed. We were so relieved to have found somewhere so quickly

Diane Smith and her cats

Other useful links Top ten tips Success stories How to write a pet CV Example pet CV Information about my pet Pet reference example A little bit moreGiving back A bit greener Our blog

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