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  • Buy-to-Let

    Campaign to encourage landlords to allow cats

    All of my tenants have pets, with my approval.  I have, however, had tenants in the past where I've arrived for a visit and found dogs or cats at the property.  Because i worry so much about animals being ill treated I sometimes end up making more 'maintenance' visits, for my own peace of mind! 

    Pet passports etc are a really good idea. 

    There is a world of difference, however, between the elderly lady with her old cat, or the couple who lavish love and affection on their spaniel, and the sort of people who leave their poor staffie tied up on a balcony on the 4th floor day in day out.  Tenants may also be breeding from the dogs they keep to make money.

    Current ASTs tend to say pets are accepted with the landlord's approval, which will not be unreasonably withheld.  That seems sufficient for me

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    What about dogs, fish tanks, rabbits, rats. mice, hamsters, and gerbils. These cats seem to what it all there own way.

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    By law landlords can not prohibit tenants from keeping rabbits (or hens).

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    What about a cockerel ramping away every morning out on the balcony every morning? I'm sure the other residents would like that!

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    I`m ok with cats . Have one myself 

    The deposit covers most misdemeanours

    If the cat comes sits on my lap when i interview the tenants its hard to say no


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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    We have recently had tenants with a dog, didn't ask, just brought the dog with them.

    The dog was lovely and no problems with the state of the house BUT it wouldn't let people in unless the owner was home, so doing serious repairs and inspections became really problematic.

    Also, when we decided to sell, the tenants severely curtailed access for viewings etc because of the dog.

    I imagine a cat won't be defensive or attack anyone but I would be very nervous of letting someones beloved house cat accidentally escape during the course of any visits where the owner was away. It's a difficult situation as we are animal lovers ourselves and know how much people love their pets. 

    I would try and stipulate in the lease that if access is required pets will always either be supervised,  caged (not always suitable for the poor animal) or put into some sort of 'doggy-day-care'.

    I also wonder if there is any way for the LL to ensure the animals are cared for properly, and don't cry all day while the owners go out to work.

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    I thought the tribe would be pleased to see this up-date about Captain, the first cat to be re-homed under the "Purrfect Landlords" campaign:


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