Are Pets Allowed?
Being a landlord myself in the UK, I was fortunate never to come across a tenant who had a pet. Living as I do in Malta – in rented accommodation no less – I have become the ‘mother’ to not one but 2 doggies!
My landlords were marvellous at the time I started my lease. They were slightly sceptical but they met the dog, saw he was small and I offered to pay for any damage that ‘may’ occur due to him living in their property. I have taken advantage of their great nature and now have puppy number 2! As I understand it this is not normal practice in Malta – with the majority of landlords not wishing animals in their property.
But are landlords missing a trick by not allowing pets?
To be fair, when we talk about ‘pets’ it is generally a dog we think of. Cats seem less bother, and hamsters and fish hardly seem mentioning. However to help make your own mind up let’s consider the pro’s and con’s:
- Most landlords do not allow pets (dogs) so, by agreeing to a pet you are more likely to generate greater interest in your property and be able to ask for a higher rent.
- Tenants that do find a landlord to accept their pet will usually turn out to be an exemplary guardian of the property. It’s a great way to secure a long term rental.
- Pets can also provide an extra level of security at the property.
- Pets can be destructive to furniture.
- Pets can be a nuisance to the neighbours, barking or fouling.
- Pets can smell and have fleas if not looked after.
- When a tenant with a pet leaves – you may have a higher cleaning cost.
If You Are Still Unsure
- Do as my landlords did and meet the pet and see how it acts.
- Can the tenant provide a reference from a previous landlord?
- A small pet for a small property could work, a Great Dane in a one bed maisonette may not.
If You Decide To Allow Pets
- Make sure you adjust your lease or issue a supplement with specific clauses on have a pet in the property. You can download here of course.
- Make sure you also have in writing the actions for eviction if the pet becomes a nuisance.
- You may ask for a larger deposit, part unrefunded, to cover cleaning costs at the end of the tenancy.
- Complete a Property Inventory with Photos so show condition of property on move in day.
- Pets generally means dogs and cats, list another pet you will allow, or not, as the case may be.
- Make regular inspections of the property, quarterly for example. With the tenants permission and 24 hours notice as per your lease.
- Check your landlord insurance covers pets in your property.
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