We do accept pets in our rented properties under certain circumstances.


Applying for consent

We will ask you to complete a Pet Information Form and will also ask you some questions. Be prepared to answer questions like:

For all pet owners

●  What type of pets do you own and how many?

●  How long have you had your pets for?

●  Are you able to provide a reference for your pet from a previous landlord or your veterinary surgeon?

●  Are your pets registered with a local veterinary practice?

●  Are your pets regularly vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms (if applicable)?

●  Do you have someone who can care for your pet in case of an emergency?

●  Do you have someone who can care for your pet while you are away or on holiday?

For cat owners

●  Is your cat trained to use a litter tray?

●  Do you keep your cat inside or will it need to go outside of the property?

●  Will your cat need a cat flap?

For dog owners

●  How often do you walk/exercise your dog?

●  How often will your dog be left at home alone and for how long?

●  Do you have a dog sitter or dog walker for when you are not at home?

●  Is your dog toilet trained?

●  How does your dog get along with other people, such as visitors to the property?

●  Has your dog ever attended obedience or behaviour training classes?


We may also ask you to provide a 'pet reference' from a previous landlord or your veterinary surgeon.


Charges and conditions

If accepted there is a charge as follows. This covers administration and in the case of cats and dogs cleaning to remove light soiling, smell, etc. There may be additional costs incurred during or at the end of the tenancy if there is heavy soiling/fouling, damage to furniture, fittings or building fabric, etc.


Type of pet

 

Cost per pet

 

 

 

Small (hamsters, mice, etc)

 

£20

Medium (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc)

 

£40

Exotic pets

 

£40

Small birds

 

£20

Large birds

 

£40

Fish

 

£20 (per tank/aquarium)

Cats

 

£100

Dogs

 

£100


In general the conditions you will need to accept will be as follows:

1  Tenants are required to provide a reference for their pets from a previous landlord, letting agent or veterinary surgeon.

2  Tenants must fill in a separate information form for their pets, including contact details of their veterinary practice and a nominated person who will care for their pets in case of an emergency.

3  Tenants are responsible for the health and welfare of their pets. In accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006 all tenants have a duty of care to provide their pets with a suitable place to live, a suitable diet, proper exercise and adequate health care.

4  If the landlord believes that a pet kept in their property has been neglected or abandoned, they will report the case to an appropriate animal welfare organisation.

5  Tenants must not leave their pets in the property when they are away unless clear arrangements have been made for their care. Pets should be boarded elsewhere but close supervision by a neighbour may be acceptable for some animals.

6  Dogs should not be left alone in the property for more than 3-4 hours at a time. Tenants must ensure that their dogs will not cause damage to the property if they are left unsupervised.

7  All pets must be vaccinated and regularly treated for fleas and worms (if appropriate). Tenants may be required to provide evidence of this from their veterinary surgeon.

8  Tenants with pets will be asked to put down a higher deposit of xxx to cover any damage to the property, garden or furnishings caused by their pets.

9  Tenants will be asked for a pet payment to cover the cost of professionally cleaning the property once they have moved out. This payment will be taken at the start of the tenancy and is non-refundable.

10  Tenants must ensure that their pets do not cause a nuisance to neighbours or visitors. This includes excessive noise and damage to other people’s property. Dogs must be kept under control and on a lead in all public places, communal areas and walkways.

11  Pets must not be allowed to foul inside the property, except for caged pets and pets trained to use a litter tray. Any pet faeces must be removed immediately from the garden or outside areas and disposed of safely and hygienically.

12  Tenants are responsible for keeping all areas of the property clean and free from parasites, such as fleas.

13  Dogs must by law wear a collar with their owner’s name and address on it when in a public place. Cats should also wear a ‘snap apart’ collar to enable them to be identified. Both dogs and cats should be microchipped.

14  Dogs listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and any animal listed in the schedule of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 may not be kept in this property.

15  Tenants may not breed or offer for sale any animal in this property.

16  Tenants who wish to obtain an additional pet after moving into the property must apply for permission in writing to the landlord or letting agent.