Educate landlords about the benefits of allowing tenants to own pets
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There are many tenants who are hard working and look after properties that they live in. Around 65% of all properties in the private sector do not allow pets. This leads to animals being left in shelters against the owner's will. Pets are a great comforter in life and studies have shown that they reduce stress and bring positive wellbeing.
Landlords, understandably, are concerned about the potential damage that pets can cause to a property, therefore do not allow any pets at all. Landlords should be encouraged to allow pets via an additional top up pet security deposit which effectively a tenant would be prepared to write off to cover the cost of any damage caused by a pet during tenancy. Landlords should recognise that allowing tenants with pets will open up a much larger marketshare of tenants who may be willing to pay a smaller premium in order to have a property that allows pets.
Likewise, tenants should take care of their homes while they live there and repair any damage to the property caused by pets to the best of their ability. Regular inspections will allow any possible pet damage to be identified at an early stage to minimize costs to landlords and tenants alike.
Pet rescue organisations should work more closely with the national landlord's association and also with tenants to help devise fair plans for pets. This will reduce the burden on shelters who are seeing more and more people giving up their pets due to accommodation worries, not because they necessarily wish to.
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