Property and Pets by Heather Hilder on September 11, 2019 “Pet Friendly” Property & Pets The British are a pet-loving nation! So it’s hardly surprising that our article is about property and pets. Our team at Callaways has a variety of dogs amongst them – French Bulldogs, a Labrador, and a Great Dane. So pet-friendly property is high on our list of WANTED rental properties. We have applicants who are desperate to rent a property with outside space. Approximately 49% of UK adults own a pet: 25% of UK adults have a cat (an estimated population of 11.1 million pet cats) 24% of the UK adult population have a dog (an estimated population of 8.9 million pet dogs). Firstly, clearly Tenants need properties that will accommodate them, their families AND their pets. These pets come in all sizes and varieties. We have Tenants who own hamsters, snakes, guinea pigs, cats and dogs, and goats (I’m not kidding). Amidst the Covid-19 lockdown, there is a huge demand for pets. Secondly, we believe that pets are for life, so do think carefully before purchasing a puppy, kitten, rabbit etc. For instance, what will happen with your pet once lockdown ends? Before accepting a Tenant with pets, we suggest you Meet the pet! Is it an elderly cat or a young puppy? Is it well-behaved, healthy and human friendly? Ask for a previous Landlord’s reference on the Tenant and their pet’s behaviour Make sure your property suits the pet – is there a garden, will the animal be OK to be left alone while its owner is working? Will it bark continuously or just when the door-bell rings, annoying other residents? Make sure your head lease allows pets in properties Pets & Tenancy Agreements Since 1 June 2019, legislation has changed relating to pet deposits, and we’ve created this short video on the changes. “Pets Welcome” Are you a pet-friendly Landlord? Declare your rental property ‘Pet-Friendly’, by marketing it as “Pets Welcome!” That’s a great tool. Do get in touch with us on 01273-735237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a pet-friendly property available for rent.