Tenants and pets: Landlords urged to exercise caution

Tenants and pets: Landlords urged to exercise caution

Private landlords who agree to allow their tenants to keep pets are being advised to remain cautious. The advice comes from the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).

According to the trade body, there will be a greater proportion of renters with pets due to the increase in people relying on rented properties for longer periods of time. The latest findings from the annual English Housing Survey backed this up, revealing that a fifth of all households rented privately, with 27 per cent having done so for 10 years or more.

As such, the AAIC says, landlords are allowing renters to keep pets to increase the number of prospective tenants in what has become a progressively competitive market.

It goes on to say that landlords should be taking steps to protect their investments as a result of the potential for damage, along with odours and mess, that pets can cause.

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks goes on to advise that landlords ensure they have comprehensive insurance that will leave them covered in the event of a pet-related incident. It also suggests a higher deposit will “help ensure that tenants are committed to maintaining the property”, but warned that this might not be a viable option as of next spring, when it is expected deposits will be capped at a six week rent maximum.

The chair of the AIIC, Danny Zane, said: “Crucially, landlords must also make sure that they enlist the services of a professional independent inventory clerk. Independent inventories, which detail a property’s condition at the start and end of a rental contract, provide landlords and agents with peace of mind and protect tenants from unreasonable deductions at the end of a tenancy.”