One of my tenants is just moving out.
They had two dogs. I've written before about the dilemma of letting to tenants with pets. The advantage for many landlords is that because not all us landlords are open to letting tenants occupy our prized buy-to-let is that once tenants find a property that they can keep their pets in then they tend to stay.
The charity Lets with Pets which campaigns to help owners of pets find suitable accommodation highlights the issue with their recent survey which showed that out of 5,695 UK pet owners surveyed found that one in three could not find a suitable property whilst 47% found letting agents 'unhelpful'.
My experience of a dogs life
My experience was that the dogs and the tenants were fine. However, the lounge carpet was pretty much destroyed and has been left thread bear. There was definitely a pungent 'parfum de dog'. The costs of replacement of this carpet probably runs to a couple of hundred pounds and the carpet cleaning bill for the house came in at £130. This sounds a lot. However, compared to the £15,000 + rent received over the last few years not an awful lot.
The reality is if you do let to a tenant with a dog. Then expect that 'fido' presence will not go unoticed. That is just reality.
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