In recent years, house prices have proved unpredictable to say the least, which has seen a rise in the number of people choosing to rent long-term. While a recent survey indicated that 42% of private rented housing in the UK allows cats, that means that 58% of rental agreements still contain that dreaded ‘no pets’ clause. It might surprise you to learn that often landlords say no pets out of habit, rather than giving it any actual thought.
So, if you’ve found the rental house of your dreams, and can’t imagine making it a home without introducing a feline friend to your new habitat, all is not lost! Here, we share our top tips for snapping up your dream home and bringing your feline friend along too.
Seek guidance from Cats Protection
One of the biggest advocators for overturning the no cats clause is leading charity, Cats Protection. Fully understanding the positive impact that these furry little creatures can have on our lives, the charity is aiming to overturn the negative connotations that many landlords have around cats, by providing online assistance with free, downloadable legal wording for tenancy agreements that sets out simple conditions on cat ownership, which helps both parties. When you broach the subject with a landlord, ask them to check out the Cats Protection website. As well as legal agreements, they’ll also learn why cats can make a house a home.
Bring your own sofa & invest in scratching furniture
Many landlords admit that their biggest fear of allowing cats into their properties, is the potential damage to furniture. As cat owners, we all know only too well that this is often a myth and usually only limited to sofas!
While many cats love sinking their claws into a sofa for a good old scratch, this behaviour can be easily overturned by training them to use cat scratching posts instead, so advise your landlord that you have several of these and will make it your mission to ensure claws are kept away from sofas. If this is still a sticking point, enquire whether bringing your own furniture would ease their mind.
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Agree to regular checks
While undoubtedly we all want privacy in our homes, agreeing to regular check-ups may be be an easy way to overturn your landlord’s decision. Whilst most tenancy agreements will have 6-monthly check-ups, state that you are agreeable to quarterly, or even bi-monthly visits if they wish. Often, it will only take one or two visits to instil trust.
One pet only policy
While the ‘crazy cat lady’ stereotype is firmly on the way out, not everyone is as easily convinced. Your landlord may worry that one cat could lead to a multitude, and while this probably isn’t on your radar, you should make this known to your prospective landlord. Agreeing to one pet only is another way to ease their mind, and again, is something which could be written into your tenancy agreement.
Put together a pet CV
Putting together a pet CV is a great way to give your prospective landlord a little insight into your cat. This should include vet records of neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and treatment for fleas. It can also highlight information such as the cat’s personality, how they spend a typical day, whether they’re an indoor or outdoor cat, if a litter box is in use and how they behave around others. All of this will indicate that you are a very responsible pet parent and just as you look after your cat, you will treat their property with the same courtesy.
Let them meet your cat
And of course, it’ll be love at first sight! This gives both parties the chance to sit down, discuss any sticking points and of course, offer reassurance of both you and your cat’s suitability as tenants.
Remember, landlords are 100 per cent within their rights to put their foot down and say no to pets. However, discussing the subject allows fears to be addressed and eased. If your landlord is agreeable, listen to their terms and conditions, decide whether they are practical and if you do opt to proceed, stick to them. Happy house hunting!
Do you rent with your cat? Do you have any other tips or advice? Tell us in the comments below!