Tenants: Pets allowed by law

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Tenants in the United Kingdom could legally be allowed to keep pets in their rented property.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled a draft animal welfare policy, which included plans to make it mandatory for tenants to be allowed to keep pets in rental properties.

In Bangkok there does appear to be a premium to be paid for rental properties that allow pets.

Some developers, especially new ones, strictly forbid pets of all kinds as part of their rules and regulations.

Back in the U.K., property management franchise Belvoir with more than 300 High Street offices, has many landlords who already support this initiative. It has complied some top tips to help tenants secure a rental property with their pets.

Dorian Gonsalves, the CEO of Belvoir, said: “For some years now many of our franchisees have worked with the Dogs Trust, which has produced some strict guidelines for landlords and tenants on the Lets with Pets section of their website.”

“By applying this advice, together with some common sense, many of our landlords are very happy to accept tenants with pets.”

From a business point of view, with more than 12 million pet owners in the U.K., a landlord would be missing a trick to exclude this huge section of the market as potential tenants.”

And that’s true in Thailand too. ThailandProperty.News knows that at rental enquiries to real estate agents and developers often include whether pets are allowed. This can be as many as 20 percent of all Thailand property rental enquiries.

Here are some tips for tenants with pets.

  • Be aware that some landlords are unable to accept pets because of leasehold or mortgage restrictions, so be as flexible as you can about location and the type of property. Be realistic, and do not expect a landlord to accept a large dog into a small apartment where the dog will not have enough space and could develop behaviour problems.
  • Try to find a professional letting agent or real estate agents that supports tenants with pets. and can help you to find the perfect property for you and your pet. To avoid disputes at the end of a tenancy ensure that a full inventory of the property is undertaken before you move in.
  • Write a CV for your pet. Include details of his age, breed, background, whether he is neutered, any training he has had, whether he is microchipped and regularly treated for fleas and vaccinated against disease. Make it clear how long your pet is likely to be left alone each day, and if necessary arrange for a dog walker to exercise him whilst you are working.
  • If your pet has already happily lived with you in a rental property, ask your previous landlord to write a reference that you can show to a new landlord. If possible, invite your new landlord to meet your pet. This is a perfect opportunity to prove that you are a responsible owner.
  • Be prepared to pay a higher deposit to cover the cost of any damage to a property or furnishings. You may also be asked to take out insurance to cover the possibility of damage.
  • Offer to pay for the property to be professionally deep cleaned at the end of your tenancy, so that it is restored back to its original pre-tenancy condition.

Andrew Batt, the founder and editor of ThailandProperty.News, has lived in Bangkok with his (now) three cats without any problems for almost 12 years.

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