Pet-Friendly Rentals: Unleash the Secrets to Securing your Purr-fect Home

As proud, stray hair-covered pet owners ourselves, we understand the struggle of finding a rental property that welcomes our furry chums with arms as wide as ours. Dog-gone are the days when our beloved pets were seen as a hindrance to finding a place to call home.

These days there is an increasing demand for pet-friendly rentals, and it’s not hard to see why. Pets bring joy, companionship, and a whole lot of (mess) love into our lives, so it’s only fair that they should have a place to call their own too (and maybe even a whole bedroom too).

Don’t let it be a cat-astrophe

Some of the challenges you might face include limited options and potentially higher rents, and even breed restrictions. It can be downright depressing to be turned away simply because we have an XXL Fido by our side, or parakeet on our shoulder. But fear not, Noah’s ark! There is hope on the horizon.

More and more landlords are starting to realise the benefits of allowing pets to take the keys to their properties and jump aboard. Without further a-labradoodle, let’s dive into exactly why landlords should consider pet-friendly policies.

Landlords, hear meow it

Dearest of landlords, if you’re reading this, do prick up your ears. Allowing pets in your rental properties can open up a whole new world of opportunities. First and foremost, it expands your pool of potential tenants. With the increasing number of pet owners in the rental market, you’ll have a larger choice of responsible and dedicated renters to choose from. Moreover, pet owners tend to stay longer in their rental homes.

When you allow pets, you’re more likely to attract tenants who are committed to finding a long-term home for themselves and their furry companions. This means fewer vacancies, less turnover, and a more stable income for you as a landlord. Purrrfect. Lastly, pet-friendly properties can often command higher rental prices.

Pet owners are willing to pay a premium for a place that welcomes their pets. By allowing pets and offering pet-friendly amenities, you can tap into this market and potentially increase your rental income. So, it’s a win-win situation for both landlords and pet owners. But how can we navigate the competitive rental market and find the perfect pet-friendly abode? Let’s explore some good old fashioned Davies and Davies-approved tips to securing that fur-riendly rental…

Don’t go barking up the wrong tree

The key to finding a pet-friendly rental is to start your search with the right information. Researching the rental market for pet-friendly properties will give you a head start in your quest. Look for property websites and online platforms that specifically cater to pet owners.

Many of these websites have filters that allow you to search specifically for pet-friendly rentals, saving you time and frustration. Additionally, consider reaching out to local animal shelters or pet organizations.

They often have resources and connections in the community that can help you find pet-friendly rentals. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and get creative in your search. We can help you with this, and will certainly be able to tell you which properties will consider pets and negotiate. Which brings us to our next point…

Don’t hound your landlords or property managers

Once you’ve identified potential rental properties, it’s time to (gently) approach the landlords or property managers about your furry friend. The key here is to be prepared and present yourself as a responsible pet owner.

Compile a pet resume (yes, like they’re going to WORK) that includes your pet’s information, such as breed, age, and any training or certifications they may have. What, your iguana doesn’t have any GCSE’s? This will show landlords that you take your pet’s responsibilities seriously.

When contacting landlords or property managers, be transparent about your pet. Mention their breed, size, and any specific needs they may have. Assure the landlord that you will take full responsibility for your pet’s actions and maintain the property in good condition. By addressing any concerns upfront, you increase your chances of securing a pet-friendly rental for you and your academic friend. 

Stay paw-sitive and read the pet policies

Not all pet-friendly rentals are created equal. Each landlord or property manager may have different pet policies and restrictions in place. It’s essential to thoroughly read and understand these policies before signing a lease agreement. Pay attention to any breed or size restrictions and rules regarding pet behavior.

Some properties may have designated pet areas or amenities, while others may have limitations on the number of pets allowed. Understanding these policies will help you make an informed decision and ensure a harmonious living arrangement for both you and Brian the pot-bellied pig. 

Howl you live without these pet-friendly amenities…

When searching for the perfect pet-friendly rental, it’s not just about finding a landlord who allows pets. You also want to ensure that the property itself is suitable for your furry companion. Here are some creature comforts and features to look for:

Outdoor space: A rental property with a fenced yard or access to nearby parks and walking trails is ideal for pets who love to stretch their legs and enjoy the great outdoors. (This covers pretty much all of our areas, jus’ sayin’.)

Pet-friendly flooring: Opt for rental properties with pet-friendly flooring, such as hardwood or laminate. These surfaces are easier to clean and more resistant to scratches and accidents.

Proximity to pet services: Consider the distance of the rental property to essentials like veterinarians, groomers, and pet supply stores. Having these amenities nearby will make life easier for both you and Martha the miniature schnauzer, who – let’s face it – desperately needs a beard trim once a fortnight.

Time to raise the woof!

In conclusion, finding a pet-friendly rental is no longer a daunting and impossible task. With the increasing demand for pet-friendly properties and the changing attitudes of landlords, there are plenty of options available for pet owners to find their perfect home. By researching the rental market, approaching landlords with confidence, and understanding pet policies, you can increase your chances of finding a fur-riendly rental that suits both you and your beloved pet.

Remember, the benefits of finding the perfect pet-friendly rental go beyond having a roof over your head. It means providing a safe and loving environment for your furry companion, where they can thrive and be a part of your family. So, don’t give up on your search.

Keep exploring the resources and websites available, and soon enough, you’ll be enjoying the comforts of your new fur-riendly home with your menagerie in tow (and no bombastic side-eye from a miserable kennel-based poodle outdoors.

Check out our other handy guides and insights here.

Contact us: – Lettings Director (contact for lettings and property management) – Sales Director (contact for sales, new homes and chartered surveying)

020 3820 2492

Davies & Davies Estate Agents, 85 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3EG

Article & images by Barefaced Studios

8 February 2024
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