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I have a tenant who has asked if they can keep a pet at their rented house which has an enclosed garden and is suitable for a pet.I've no objection but pets can be destructive by nature rather than, let's say, deliberate.As such I was going to propose an additional pet deposit be kept purely to address any damage the pet may do.I see two weeks (half a month's rent) may be fair on the internet? Possibly a fixed amount not linked to the rent but to the potential damage?Anyone any other options or any other ideas?As I assume the deposit will need to be protected would it get lumped in with the tenant's already protected deposit or can it be pet only?
Good question about pets. Im following this one. I would agree on a deposit as a fair way to cover any damage, I would certainly calculate a carpet cleaning cost for when they exit and see how that figure can be worked into a deposit? Or additional monthly payment.
I would suggest that if you do take it all officially as a deposit. It would all need to go into a DPS.
Be interested to hear other views on this one.
Yes you need to protect the deposit with DPS. It does not get lumped in, it is a separate deposit for the same property so gets its own reference.
You could of course not take a deposit and charge a fee for consent for a pet.
A one off fee that would not be returnable but then is any damage done to the property specifically caused by the pet could not be charged against the tenant's deposit? Any guidance on the sort of scale for the fee, as pets come in all shapes and sizes. That's good news the deposit is protected separately.
I have just taken back a property that tenant lived in for 2 years. I gave permission for a dog .
I have just had to replace all carpets in the house despite cleaning them as could not get rid of the smell of the animal .
I had to replace the underlay too as was wet with urine .
Thats the problem ofcourse when you say yes to a pet you just never really know what the outcome will be .
I have inventory clerk carry out regular checks too .
Those are my fears too. The pet in question is a kitten, and I worry if a male it may spray inside the home. I would hope if not using a litter tray it would go naturally outside as the property has a back garden. I will be doing the regular inventory checks so will be eyes on in that respect. Yes I will meet the pet and have met the tenant. I'm not inclined to say no to the pet, as the property is child and/or pet friendly with an enclosed rear garden but I am worried it may turn out to be an expensive gesture on my part. After all I am trying to run a business and not a charity. You've brought valid points to the table and my concern now is, how to be fair, and also be able to cover the cost of the damage like you had to do?
The problem can be the tenant not being home to let the animal out .
People change jobs different hours etc . I always check out working hours times animal is left
but circumstances can change .
In my opinion if you are out at work then pets shouldnt be left all day anyway its not fair on the pet .
But yes I allow pets as I have many 3 bed properties in which I house families.
Not so bad if the tenant stays a few years then you would change carpets anyway when re letting .
Things do change but this tenant is home more than most, hence the desire for a pet. That, plus regular inspections should nip any issue in the bud before it becomes a mess. As for the carpets I had them cleaned as the previous tenant was only in 12 months and was in two minds whether to change or not. So I agree after her tenure I will be replacing the carpets anyway, so that;s not so critical in this specific case. However, maybe for other cases I would want to price that into either the rent or deposit, especially if tenants with pets are willing to pay a bit above the market value?
So there you go then . You have answered your own questions.
Hope it works out for you .
Yes the deposit for the pet will be combined with the tenant.
I always take a 6 week deposit when I let to tenants with pets and make sure to include a pet clause in the tenancy agreement. Luckily I've never had to deduct that deposit.
Like with all tenants (pet or no pet), you should ideally meet with the tenant (and their pet) and see what they are like. Are they calm and obedient or they full of energy and like nibbling things? That should give you the confidence to go ahead or not.
Always state the type of pet and breed on the agreement and you will be fine.
There are a lot of tenants that are aware of the potential damage their pet could cause so would make extra effort in ensuring your property is spotless! Secondly, landlords that accept pets are a rare find, so you may be able to justify a slightly higher rent, and most tenants with pets would be grateful they have found a place they could call their home!
The tenant had already signed an AST with a no pet clause and has been in the property 3 months already before requesting the desire to keep a pet. So I'll have to add a new clause but can I put the rent up? And if the pet departs for whatever reason I assume I have to bring the rent back down again.
I'm thinking along the lines I'll put the new pet clause in with all the details of the animal and take an extra pet deposit which I'll get protected. Then with regular inspections I can address any issues as they arise quickly. I don't mind the work to see how it goes but don't want an unwanted and unplanned for financial burden although in this specific case I feel the risk will be minimal.