Renting with pets in Peterborough isn’t always easy, but it is possible. You just have to go around it the right way. In this blog post we have shared some top tips to help you when looking for rented accommodation in Peterborough, when you have pets you want too.
The first thing you need to do is find a landlord or property that allows pets. You then need to check they allow the sort of pets you want. When it comes to fish and rabbits, pets are normally approved. However, when it comes to cats and dogs you will need to mention this to your letting agent and / or landlord. It’s essential that you find a home with enough space for your pet too.
Cats and dogs will often need greater negotiation than a hamster or gerbil. It’s a good idea to speak to a letting agent instead of going directly to the landlord. They can complete the negotiations for you. They will know the landlords and properties that are pet friendly. A letting agent will always have an open and honest discussion with you about your pet. They will then represent this to the landlord, in the best possible light.
Just as you get a reference for yourself, you can get a reference for your pet too. If you’ve had your pet in previous rented accommodation, ask your landlord for a pet reference. This works really well in showing a new potential landlord that your pet has caused no issues or damage to the property. It will also show you as a responsible pet owner. In turn, this presents you as a reliable and trustworthy tenant.
Don’t Hide Them
Never consider not telling your landlord about pets and think you can get away with it. It is essential that you always obtain consent before getting a pet for your home. By keeping an unauthorised pet in your rented home, you could put yourself, and pet, at risk of eviction. This will then work against you when trying to find your next home or rented accommodation in the future. It is likely to also result in a bad reference from your existing landlord.
Get It Written
If your landlord agrees to you having a pet in your home, make sure you get it in writing. It will need to be added to the tenancy agreement too. You may be charged an additional fee for having pets in your home. If this is the case, request written evidence of this payment request. The amount charged cannot exceed reasonable costs. We would recommend you check this with your letting agent.
Rented properties allowing pets in Peterborough are fewer than other properties, but you can still find a dream home that will take your beloved pet. If you are looking for a new home in Peterborough and have a pet, call us now. We will help find your dream rented home in Peterborough for you.