Pets and Lets – your questions answered

Draker pets and lets family

We had great response to the recent article “ Pets and Lets – pitbulls and pitfalls ” – so here are my answers to some of the questions we have been asked.

Are Draker properties advertised as pet friendly?

“We cannot really advertise that properties are pet friendly as this is such a subjective issue and can change. Very often landlords who initially prefer not to take a pet may change their mind once a pet (and more importantly an owner) have been properly vetted. Just marketing properties which will definitely take a pet may limit choice for both sides : a tenant can miss out on a great property and a landlord can miss out on a great tenant.

Conversely, landlords who initially say that they will take a pet may also change their mind. We prefer to qualify the tenant and pet properly and then match them to the right properties – checking with each client before we arrange a viewing.”

Does Draker have more requests for cats than dogs from tenants and would landlords be keener on a dog or a cat?

“At Draker, we see many more tenants coming with dogs than cats – I have no idea why! I think that dogs generally tend to cause less damage than cats – especially as they tend to answer the call of nature outdoors! Litter trays can be a bit off-putting when re-marketing a property to let.”

Would the landlords of these properties say yes to a dog but no to a cat, or are they not that specific?

“Yes absolutely – landlords can definitely show a preference. Also, rather interestingly, I often find that culture and upbringing can have a great deal to do with whether a client will allow a pet. For example, some landlords come from cultures where dogs are not considered pets and the thought of having one in their home seems crazy. We do have some landlords who have grown up without pets and it seems that they are much less likely to consider a pet if they have no pets themselves.”

Is “pet proofing” about references, insurance, larger deposits, etc., or is there anything physical in the properties such as not having carpets or must have outside space?

“Minimising the risk for our clients is very important. It is vital to fully reference the pet and to speak to the previous landlord to check that the property was left in good order. Also, as I did with my last property, taking out carpet insurance specifically for a pet is a very good idea and really reduces any stress. Wood floors do not make much of a difference as cats and dogs can still scratch the wood; again the behaviour of the animal is the most important thing to focus on. Outside space is not really that relevant because I do not imagine that clients would want their outside space used as a loo! Much nicer for a glass of wine…“