Landlords could be losing up to £484 per month by refusing tenants with pets

Landlords may be missing out on extra income by refusing to take tenants with pets, new research has revealed.

Tenants will fork out for their four-legged friends

The research claimed that flatsharers are happy to invest £484 more a year in rent to find a home where they can take their dog.

A total of 19 per cent selected a property with a garden, while 7 per cent chose one near a park so that their pet had outdoor space nearby.

The findings, by flatsharing website Weroom.com, suggested that as many as one in 10 pet owners have even paid for an extra room for their pets to sleep in.

Are landlords right to ban pets?

Some landlords may rule out tenants with pets, believing that they could prove costly due to the damage the animals could cause.

However, Weroom.com suggested it is far better to have an open conversation about pets rather than let tenants sneak them into a property under the radar.

If such a conversation takes place and landlords are aware of pets in their property, the appropriate clauses about any future damage can be written into the rental contract (if they are not already there).

The research shows that 7 per cent of tenants secretly keep a pet without the permission of their landlord, while a more honest 21 per cent have arranged for a pet clause to be written into their tenancy.

Who pays for damage caused by dogs?

The study found that messy pups led to 38 per cent of tenants forking out the cash to repair or replace damaged furniture or appliances caused by their pets.

However, 16 per cent have knowingly let their housemates take the blame for damage caused by their four-legged friends.

Three quarters of those surveyed said they’re happy to risk losing their deposit over a life without their pet, while 7 per cent have been evicted after keeping a pet without the permission of their landlord.

It’s best to be “upfront and honest” about pets

Chloe Marienbach, of Weroom.com, said, “The findings reveal that British flatsharers are rightly unwilling to consider a life without their beloved pet, but they’re ill-prepared for some of the financial and practical consequences of bringing a pet into a house share.

“We’d recommend that an up-front and honest conversation takes place prior to the move to ensure a pet clause can be written into a tenancy. It is also important for tenants to establish early on how fellow flatmates really feel about living with a pet to avoid any conflicts and to have a more enjoyable flatsharing experience.”

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