Are you a pet owner in the UK looking for a new place to call home? While finding the perfect rental property can be a challenge, it becomes even more complex when you have furry or feathered friends to consider. However, renting with pets is entirely possible with the right approach. In this guide on the Bromley Property Company blog today, we’ll walk you through the process of finding pet-friendly rentals in the UK and provide you with valuable tips to make your search a success.

1. Start Early and Be Prepared

The key to finding pet-friendly rentals in the UK is to start your search well in advance. The earlier you begin, the more options you’ll have. Be prepared with all the necessary information about your pet, including breed, size, and behaviour. Having this information ready will help landlords and letting agents assess whether your pet is a good fit for their property.

2. Check Online Listings and Pet-Friendly Websites

Utilise online resources to your advantage. Look for rental listings on popular property websites and filter your search to show only pet-friendly options. Additionally, there are websites dedicated to pet-friendly rentals that can be incredibly helpful. These platforms cater specifically to pet owners and provide a wealth of options tailored to your needs.

3. Engage with Local Estate Agents

Establishing a relationship with local estate agents (such as ourselves at Bromley Property Company!) can be a game-changer. They have access to a wide range of properties and may know landlords who are open to renting to pet owners. Be upfront about your pet from the beginning, as this will save both you and the estate agent time and effort in finding suitable options.

4. Create a CV

A pet ‘CV’ can make a positive impression on potential landlords. Include information about your pet’s training, vaccinations, and any references from previous landlords or neighbours who can vouch for your responsible pet ownership. A well-prepared pet resume demonstrates your commitment to being a responsible pet owner and a good tenant.

5. Offer a Pet Deposit or Pet Rent

To sweeten the deal for landlords, consider offering a pet deposit or agreeing to pay additional pet rent. These financial incentives can reassure landlords that any potential damage caused by your pet will be covered. Discuss these terms with the landlord or letting agent during the negotiation process.

6. Arrange a Pet Introduction

If a landlord or letting agent is hesitant about your pet, offer to arrange an introduction. This allows them to meet your pet and see their behaviour firsthand. Often, this personal interaction can alleviate concerns and increase your chances of securing the rental.

7. Be Honest and Communicative

Honesty is the best policy when renting with pets. Never try to conceal the fact that you have a pet, as this can lead to problems later on. Communicate openly with your landlord about any pet-related issues that may arise during your tenancy, and be proactive in addressing them.

8. Review the Tenancy Agreement

Before signing the tenancy agreement, carefully review the pet-related clauses. Ensure you understand any specific rules or restrictions regarding pets, such as limitations on the number of pets, pet size, or certain breeds. If necessary, negotiate the terms with your landlord to find a mutually agreeable solution.

Remember that renting with pets in the UK is possible, and with patience and perseverance, you can find a pet-friendly property that suits your needs. By following these tips and being a responsible pet owner, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect rental home for you and your beloved companions.

Happy house hunting!


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