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Pets kept in ‘secret’ at rental homes

They are not always a landlord’s best friend but some tenants love them! Pets can be a bone of contention between landlords and their tenants.

A new survey of over 2000 tenants by pet insurers AnimalFriends.co.uk has revealed that 27% of tenants have not told their landlord about having a pet. In fact, 10% of tenants even hid their pets when due a visit from their landlord.

Although some landlords can be animal friendly, many are put off by the damage they can cause which is often excluded from landlord insurance policies. Damage to furniture, fixtures and fittings is a risk many landlords don’t want to take.

Redstones Managing Director, Manjit Virdi advises, “The key is to conduct regular inspections, which we can handle on your behalf. We can look for the tell-tale signs of damage or we may even spot items such as toys or a dog bowl!”

However, some landlords may prefer to be more flexible on pets, especially if it helps them to attract and retain the right tenants on a long-term basis.

Manjit continues, “It is possible for landlords to include specific rules in tenancy agreements, such as keeping dogs downstairs or in an enclosed area, particularly when the property is unoccupied. If this is an issue that impacts you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for advice.”

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