Momentum for pets to routinely be allowed in rental properties has chiefly come from politicians and tenant groups - but now a lettings manager at a Build To Rent company is offering tips for landlords who want to allow pets in.
Nick Woodward, head of lettings at Essential Living, says: “We are glad to have continued permitting dog-friendly access, as not only do dogs encourage daily exercise but they also help reduce stress and prevent loneliness.”
And he has given tips to landlords, other owners or even tenants who have pets on how to best manage their properties to ensure least damage.
Protect Flooring: Woodward says that whilst rugs are ideal for making spaces look welcoming and cosy, they are also ideal to help protect a pet from scratching or slipping on hard flooring. Wool is especially easy to clean.
Baby Gates: For apartments with balconies, a baby gate is crucial to stop a pet venturing somewhere dangerous. The best option to cause minimum damage to your property is a pressure-mounted gate, as it is easy to use and doesn’t require drilling into the wall. If the property has stairs, you may need to install a permanent or hardware-mounted gate drilled into the wall for safety - Woodward obviously tells tenants to consult landlords prior to this.
Safe Cleaning Products: From carpet shampoo to stain removers and laundry detergent, there are pet-safe cleaning products that you can buy. There are also lots of natural cleaning products you can use to break down grease and grime which won’t harm pets or be as damaging to the environment, such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice.
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