Committed to working closely with those tenants that are looking to find a home for themselves and their pets.Chestertons
Don’t leave your house hunting until the last minute
- Give yourself plenty of time to find a pet-friendly property and begin searching at least 6-8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.
Make our letting agents aware of your requirements as soon as possible
- They may be aware of landlords who would consider pets but are not marketing their property yet.
Be as flexible as possible
- The more restrictive your search criteria are, the more difficult it will be for you to find a pet-friendly property. Try to be as flexible as possible on location and property type as this will increase your chances of finding somewhere for you and your pet to live.
Write a CV for your pet
- Provide us with as much information about your pet as you can. Include the contact details of your veterinary practice and someone who can care for your pet in an emergency. You could also include details of your pet’s last vaccinations and any flea and worming treatments they have had.
Get a reference for your pet
- By providing a reference from your previous landlord, you can show that your pet is well behaved and has caused no problems at your previous property.
Introduce your pet to your landlord
- Meeting your pet in advance may put the landlord’s mind at ease.
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.This is usually equivalent to an additional two weeks rent.
Get written permission
- A pet clause will be added to your tenancy agreement stating the type of animal and your pet’s name to show that the landlord agrees to allow your pet to live in the property. This will prevent problems from arising in future.
Make moving day stress free for your pet
- When you are ready to move into your new home, think about what you can do to make moving day as stress free as possible. It’s a good idea to ask a friend or relative to look after your pet for the day if you can.