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Article on shortage of pet friendly rentals

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Blimey, didn't realise it's so bad. I see some listed but must admit that often the pet friendly places can be rather limited to older places or pets must be outside. 

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Just because they don’t say pet friendly doesn’t mean they will refuse pets.  When we let our house we did not advertise it as Pet friendly, but some tenants requested to bring a dog and we allowed them to.

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It makes no sense for landlords to exclude pets. They are limiting their potential market, reducing their yield and any damage caused by the pet gets paid for with the tenants bond anyway. It just doesn’t make sense!


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It makes no sense for landlords to exclude pets. They are limiting their potential market, reducing their yield and any damage caused by the pet gets paid for with the tenants bond anyway. It just doesn’t make sense!


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Depends on the level of damage really - dog or cat urine can permanently stain wooden floors well beyond the depth that sanding could resolve. There is no way a rental bond would be anywhere near enough to cover replacing all floorboards in a house plus sanding and finishing.

Also, not all rentals are investment properties, some will be much-loved family homes that are being rented out for a few years whilst the owner is overseas etc. The owners might not want to have their family home ruined by pets - some original heritage features such as doors, floorboards, skirtings etc just can't be replaced with anything other than poor quality reproductions or really expensive reclaimed items.

Despite being very sceptical of the buy to let market I think that landlords are well within their rights to refuse pets in their houses.
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Of course you are correct. I was not referring to heritage buildings with original features and exposed timber floors. I was referring to most rental properties.


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