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Calling all landlords - should pets be allowed in rental properties?

Northumbria Law School and the Open University are conducting research into whether private landlords rent to tenants with pets and the issues and/or benefits of doing so. 

The organisations are asking that any private landlords who currently rent out property in England complete this survey - it’s estimated it will take only 15 to 20 minutes of their time.

This survey closes at midnight on January 14 and all entries will be anonymous. 


To access the survey, click here.



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  • Robert Nottingham

    Simple answer for you: No.

    Theodor Cable

    Totally agree.

    Theodor Cable

    No way. Totally NO, NO, NO and NO. NOT EVER, EVER, EVER
    Get my pint and my thinking?

    They destroy furniture, scratch wood, poo, lick everything and s**t in all sorts of places, and stink like hell (and I do not believe any of those people who say their animals don't stink) They all do.

    Just that the owners have lived with it so long they do not smell it.
    Probably because they stink the same as their animals.

    And incoming tenants can often have a problem of the remaining stink no matter how well the tenants try to cover it.

    In my view too, to make it mandatory that LLs MUST take dogs has 2 obvious issues:

    1. To force landlords to take in this stinking load of animals to their properties is just not democratic. It is MY house, nobody else.

    2. As a landlord, I will just say "No". and my contract with em will have a clause that will say they will be evicted if animals are found in the property. I will also make sure my Inventory Clerks are briefed to check in depth at every 6 month attendances.

    Just want to say again: "Noooooooo"

    PS: if animals are found in my properties, I will find a discrete way to kill them. In humanly too, and in front of their owners.

    They are my views, so don't bother writing about me being wrong.

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    Do they believe that if you ask the question enough times eventually you'll get the answer you want?

    By the way, the link doesn't work!

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    I will '' consider '' a tenant with a pet, no large or dangerous dogs and an increased rent payable.

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    The link doesn't work.

  • Suzy OShea

    I love animals and sometimes have been persuaded to allow a cat or a dog to stay, even in an HMO, which expressly forbids the keeping of pets or children at the property.

    Sadly, it has always ended in misery for the pet, who despite assurances from the tenants, was abandoned by them at the property and had to be taken to an animal shelter to be re-homed, I hope. Before that final act, I had to deal with tales of the cat becoming aggressively territorial with some of the other tenants.

    Pets, even cats, need outside space. So only landlords with houses or ground floor flats with access to gardens should even consider their property as being a suitable home for pets.

    Cats love to roam and their mental health suffers if they can't get to some outside space.

    Tenants are not always the most reliable and responsible home-makers. Pressuring landlords into taking in tenants pets just sets up trouble for the future.

  • Theodor Cable

    Well put.

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    I have had problems several times with dogs in particular so my instinct is no but definitely not without an extra deposit and increased rent to cover any expenses at the end of the tenancy. By removing that right once again the Govt have shot themselves and the tenants in the foot.
    And no the link still doesn't work.

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    Suzy, agree but it’s not just Cats & Dogs there are many other animals, creatures and reptiles they bring in as pets but keep LL’s out of the property, don’t let him see what go on, ideally Council give him a big penalty for poor management that he is not allowed to manage, don’t forget not only animals can have mental health issues even human do, LL’s the exception aren’t we made of stone to put up with all those attacks.

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    I say "clean well-behaved pets considered" in my adverts and I get people begging me to rent to them without even seeing the property. I'm sure that is why. In my experience pet owning tenants tend to stay longer. There is usually some pet damage at the end, maybe a ripped carpet or scratched door frame, but I budget for some minor repairs at the end of a tenancy and so far the costs of repair have been within budget.


    I agree Alison, I've had, and still have some very good pet owning tenants, they pay a bit extra to cover any damage, but generally there is little or no damage, they stay longer, pay their rent and are appreciative of the fact that I've allowed a pet.

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    Being a pet landlord is not without challenges. Recently the neighbours complained because the tenants' dog was barking incessantly when they were out. The neighbours were as concerned about the dog's welfare as much as the noise. There was a showdown in the street when the tenants came home and they ended up in tears. They were so upset that they went away with the dog for a couple of weeks whilst they considered what to do. I took the opportunity to do some maintenance whilst they were away, and discovered that the battery was low on both the smoke alarm and the CO alarm. Every minute or so, both devices gave off a high pitched warning chirrup. It was enough to drive me mad, let alone a poor animal! No wonder it was barking all day.

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    If you google "Northumbia and Open University pet survey"it will come up.

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    Keep LL’s out at all costs then he won’t know about the bleeps or have the opportunity to remedy, just give him a big penalty for poor management that will suffice.

  • George Dawes

    Only stuffed ones

  • Matthew Payne

    The pet friendly article, aka the Pied Piper of Landlords....

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    I'd have said no because one house I let has no garden but I inherited tenants with two medium to large sized dogs and frankly they keep their house more clean than some of my other tenants who have no pets so that's been a good learning experience for me.


    I would also say no if the property didn't have a suitable garden, I'd also say no to big dogs, but you're right tenants with pets are often cleaner than those without pets.


    Luckily they do have access to open greenery right out the back and they do seem to be very responsible dog owners and regularly walk their dogs but personally I wouldn't want to live in a house that only has a yard with a dog or dogs.

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    It should be left to the owner and the Tenant to agree or disagree, far too much interference and mandatory rights being imposed on LL’s. I have had them all 2 German Shepherds destroyed a new house I had built, so the temporary occupant from the Street have more rights than me for a months money in advance, than I have for Building the House never mind work in all weather to achieve comply with all requirements, finance it, pay all fees in conjunction to complete, so a months rent is far more powerful than £100k plus all my hard work, someone is a sandwich short of a picnic here.


    I had a tenant who moved a rottweiler in without permission, then got arrested and thrown in prison, I'm left with a rottweiler who didn't much like me, there's no fun in a rottweiler sinking his teeth into your hand, as he did me, no one wanted to know, police RSPCA etc he was my problem, I went home and got my shot gun, which my wife took off me, any way the police needed a statement from me so they did get rid of Jack the rottweiler in exchange for my statement, hence no big dogs, I don't know what people see in dogs like that other than using them as a weapon or to boost their sad egos.


    OK when I said my tenant had medium to large sized dogs I meant a collie and a labrador - I'd be horrified if a tenant had a dog THAT big!

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    Yes not just 2 German Shepherds, small dogs, cats, birds, fish, armadillos, guinea pigs, white mice, pet rats, snakes fed with rats etc, don’t ask me what would I know, so they are making rules for us living in their sheltered lives on 60 / £80k pa fiddling about with an industry they know nothing about…

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    Correct that’s what the 2 German Shepherds were for a weapon keep LL away no rent for months, when Court day came the Court Order was their passport to get housed by Council and got 2 bed Flat, don’t know what happened with the dogs, the real reason the Authorities want rid of Section 21.


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