Some 78% of landlords have discovered a pet living in their property that their tenants did
not tell them about, a new study by CIA Landlord has found.
Pets of all types are permitted by just 18% of landlords, while it is often the case that tenants will be charged extra if they insist on moving their pets in with them.
It is believed that the average amount paid by landlords to repair damage to their property
caused by animals is around £180 over the lifetime of a tenancy.
Richard Wayman, finance director at CIA Landlord, said: “As a landlord, it can be a difficult
decision on whether you want to enforce a no-pets-allowed policy in your property.
“From damages to the furniture, to happier tenants, there are many disadvantages and
advantages to allowing a tenant keeping a pet.
“It’s important that you fully considered all aspects before deciding on what is best for you
and your property.”
39% of landlords said that they were most worried about pets injuring other tenants when
asked why they are reluctant to allow them in their property, while 35% had concerns that
the pets may not be properly trained.
Around 40% of Brits own pets, and 93% say that owning a pet makes them feel happy.