By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience.
Graham Awards


Allowing tenants to keep pets? Make sure you protect your property...

A trade body is advising landlords and agents acting on their behalf to take precautions to protect their investments if they agree that tenants can keep pets.

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, the UK's largest organisation for independent inventory clerks, says the trend towards longer tenancies inevitably means more renters will want pets. 

"It's clear that the number of long-term lifestyle renters is rising. And this means that more tenants will want to keep pets and therefore be on the lookout for a property which they can truly call home for a prolonged period" says AIIC chair Danny Zane.


"It therefore comes as no surprise if more landlords decide to let to tenants with pets as it will widen their pool of prospective renters in an increasingly competitive market," adds Zane, who is also managing director of My Property Inventories.

However, the association is warning that landlords and agents advising them should take out more comprehensive insurance, increasing the property's damage deposit and ensuring that an independent and professionally compiled inventory is carried out.

"Furry friends can undoubtedly cause more damage to a property, not to mention additional odours and mess," says Zane.

"Therefore, more comprehensive landlord insurance can provide the required cover and peace of mind should an incident occur at the property, while a higher deposit will help to ensure that tenants are committed to maintaining the property."

He adds, however, that landlords will need to be wary of charging higher deposits as from next spring, it is likely that damage deposits will be capped at a maximum of six weeks' rent.

"Independent inventories, which detail a property’s condition at the start and end of a rental contract, provide landlords and agents with peace of mind and protect tenants from unreasonable deductions at the end of a tenancy."

Over the last year, the AIIC has been campaigning for the government to consider compulsory independent inventory reporting in privately rented properties.

Poll: Demand to allow pets in rental properties is on the increase


  • Andrew Hill

    We have made the decision that, as a result of the deposit cap, we will be advising landlord clients not to accept tenants with pets. It's undue risk that landlords cannot cover themselves financially for from the tenant's deposit.

    It's a shame, with our director living in rented accommodation themselves with pets, we understand the difficulties faced by tenants with pets.

    We've developed a philosophy to combat the increased regulation which is hurting landlords the most and this is to make tenants we feel it is no longer viable to serve due to increased risk and lower reward the burden of the local authority.

    I imagine homelessness statistics will fly through the roof as tenants with pets and on a low income fail to secure accommodation. We'll see a lot more animals going into shelters as owners are forced to give them up to move into hostels. Social housing will be pushed to breaking point.

    It's considered an unfair term to ban tenants having pets outright without giving valid reason; so here's the reason, government legislation means having pets puts landlord's and their properties at too much risk to allow tenants to have pets.


Please login to comment

MovePal MovePal MovePal
sign up