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With the number of people renting rather than buying, it’s frustrating when landlords specify tenants are not allowed pets. If you are renting or thinking of renting, it might be effective to speak with your landlord to let them know why having a dog in the rented property will be beneficial.

NatWest’s Landlords and Tenants Survey uncovered the importance of pets to the British Public. 1000 tenants were surveyed across the country and it was found that one-fifth of tenants wanted a pet-friendly property and considered this the top attribute when looking for a rented property. What was even more interesting, out of this one-fifth, 81% were female (161 females versus 38 males). This is a staggering amount when considering other options for the top attribute included affordability, plenty of storage and cleanliness. It cannot be denied the importance of having dogs in our lives.

For landlords, having a property you can’t fill is a nightmare. It means lost rental income and more money to spend on marketing, which is avoidable when you consider that there are plenty of responsible pet owners looking for somewhere to rent. In fact, the data gives an indication as to just how many there are out there. Landlords might want to reconsider their pet ban in order to open opportunities to fill their flats or houses with clean tenants that pay on time.

Having pets increase the likelihood of tenants wanting to stay for longer periods of time in the property to avoid pets feeling disrupted by moving around a lot. Take some time to discuss the benefits of having a dog, and how they will, in turn, benefit the landlord, then come up with some solutions to any concerns they may have.

Dogs provide emotional support and have been proven to reduce stress, creating a calmer environment in rented property. Owning a dog is linked to lowered heart risks, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Having a dog encourages a daily walk and fresh air with your furry friend, lowering risk of cardiovascular disease, and improving sociability, both for you and your dog. You will also have increased security in your property, a bonus for you and your landlord.

Some practical solutions you can try and agree on with your landlord are; agreeing upon the number of pets, maintaining a level of cleanliness you are both happy with and ensuring your dog will receive sufficient exercise so they won’t become restless in your property. If you feel comfortable doing so, offering a slightly higher deposit might pique the interest of the landlord. It’s a confident move, one that demonstrates to your potential landlord you’re willing to take if your dog happens to cause damage. Also, offering them to meet your dog will demonstrate your dog’s well-behaved nature and ensure your potential landlord feels more comfortable with them in the property.

If you and your landlord can agree on some ground rules, not only could you get the property you’re looking for, it can lead to an improved relationship overall and a happier time renting.

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