Outlet’s Ralph Jacobowitz passes on some of the advice recommended by Dogs Trust if you want to find a home for yourself and your beloved animal.
Some time ago I had to move from my flat. I had two older cats and the stress of finding a place where we could all live was horrendous. It’s great that Outlet and Dogs Trust are helping pet owners and trying to get more landlords to accept tenants with pets. Dogs Trust has some tips for people looking for a pet-friendly place to live:
Write a CV for your pet
Provide your prospective landlord with as much information about your pet as you can. Write a CV and include contact details for your veterinary practice and for someone who can care for your pet in case of an emergency. You could also include details of your pet's last vaccinations and any flea and worming treatments they have received.
Get a reference for your pet
By providing your landlord with a reference from your previous landlord or your vet, you can show that your pet is both well behaved and capable of living in rented accommodation without causing problems or damage. This will also demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner.
Introduce your pet to your landlord
Meeting your pet in advance may put your landlord's mind at ease. You could invite your landlord to your current home so that they can see that your pet has caused no problems there. This is particularly important for dogs as it's an opportunity to show that your dog is calm and well behaved.
Offer to pay a higher deposit
Many landlords are concerned about pets causing damage to their property or furnishings. By offering to pay a higher deposit, you will reassure the landlord that you will cover any damage that your pet may cause.
For information on Outlet's pet-friendly properties, see Lets For Pets and our advice for tenants with pets. To find out more about our support for Lets with Pets, the Dogs Trust scheme, see the Hope Project