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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?

 

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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:

Pro’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.

Con’s

  • 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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