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  • Buy-to-Let

    Tenants with dog?

    I advertise "clean, well behaved pets considered" and I get people pleading with me over the phone to let them rent the property without even seeing it. I'm sure it's because few landlords allow pets. I use laminate flooring. Pets can make carpet smell.
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    Intriguing thanks. I should have just had the carpets cleaned, quick lick.of paint and kitchen cupboards etc painted instead of whole kitchen replaced which took ages to find anyone decent to do it. Then let it to pet lovers I would have been quids in as I have a massive garden and its a detached house. Instead nearly a year on here I am. Thank you we live and learn. But food for thought for others maybe.
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    Social Landlords do not allow dogs though many tenants flout that ruling.

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    Yes Alison I use laminate too downstairs but find my tenant like carpets upstairs.

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    We just moved back to the UK, bringing our two 12 year old dogs.  We had to rent for 6 months, while we found a home to buy.  Our landlords said we were the best tenants they'e ever had.  Personally, I think children potentially do more damage.   Past tenants in our BTL had a cat and it ruined all the carpets by scratching.  An old lab should be fine, especially if they are paying extra.

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    You will find a lot of useful guidance including a "pet policy" document and "pet information form" at https://www.letswithpets.org.uk/landlord-...and-policy

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    Dogs are better than people, I'd rent property to dogs alone if I could...

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    My nose must be different to most people’s and perhaps more sensitive as I’ve yet to go in a house with a dog and find it smells like a house without a dog. The first tenants I ever had owned a ‘small dog ‘ and I thought it can’t do too much harm but when they left it absoloutely stank and it took a long time and a lot of money to get it ready to rent out . Never again. Owners noses adapt to the smell so they don’t notice anything and think their particular dog is somehow a special one and doesn’t smell their house up.
         Cooking spicy food and curries most days can also leave a big imprint and obviously you can’t tell tenants what to eat but it influences the type of properties I buy . For example with flats I would never buy one of those where the Hob/oven is miles away from a window that can be opened and also the size and efficiency of the cooker extractor fan and hood is something not worth skimping on .
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