Currently in the UK, many landlords do not accept cats in rented properties. This is something that cats protection is seeking to change as part of the manifesto for cats.
Until this happens, we receive, and will continue to recieve many cats that otherwise have had no issues with their owner- and are much loved pets.
If you are planning on moving into a rented property, here are a few things to consider from the letswithpets website which might help you avoid the problem to begin with, and resolve it if it arises.
Try not to leave your house hunting until the last minute-
Give yourself plenty of time to find a pet friendly property, it is recommended you begin your search at least 6-8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.
Be as flexible as possible-
The more restrictive your search criteria are, the more difficult your search will be. Try to be flexible on location and property type to give yourself the best chances.
Write a CV for your pet
Providing the prospective landlord with as much information about your pet as possible may help convince them to allow pets in their property. Key things to include are – your veterinary practice, details of someone who can care for your pet in an emergency, vaccination, flea and worming treatments.
Get a reference for your pet
By providing a reference from a previous landlord, you can show that your pet is well behaved and has caused no problems. This also demonstrates you are a responsible pet owner.
Introduce your pet to your landlord-
Meeting your pet could help set their mind at ease. You could even invite the landlord to your current home- to prove no damage has occurred as a result of your cat.
Offer to pay a higher deposit-
Many landlords are concerned about damage to property or furnishings caused by cats. If you offer to pay a higher deposit- this will reassure them that you will cover any damage your pet may cause.
Offer to have the property professionally cleaned-
This should set the landlords mind at ease regarding excess dirt in carpets, cat hair or extreme situations such as flea infestations.
It is never advisable to keep a pet in a property without consent. It could result in the termination of your tenancy.
Get written permission-
If permission has been granted- make sure you get it in writing. You should also ask for it to be removed from your tenancy agreement.
Make moving day stress free for your pet-
It might be a good idea to ask a friend or relative to care for your pet on moving day as possible. This will help to make the situation as stress free as possible- and prevent any stress related accidents.
While these suggestions should increase the chances of your pet being accepted in a new rented accommodation, there are unfortunately, no guarantees. If you have tried the above, or are not in a position to do so and would like to discuss rehoming your pet- please email us at Glasgow@cats.org.uk or phone us on 0141 779 3341.