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    extra deposit for dog

    hi everyone,
    i have found somewhere to rent and they can kindly accepted our small dog. I just wanted to check, they are asking for a £250 pet bond extra. My friend however said she saw something that said landlords are not allowed to ask for extra money anymore?
    Can anyone clarify for me so i know the current rules.
    Thank you

    #2
    Landlords are allowed to put a clause in the tenancy agreement and ask for a bigger deposit if the tenant intends to keep pets in the property.

    https://www.tenancydepositscheme.com...rom-pet-claws/

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      #3
      thats great, as long as that is the done thing i am happy with that, thank you

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        #4
        The combined deposit is still capped by the Tenant Fees Act at 5 weeks (6 weeks where annual rent is at least £50K).
        I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

        I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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          #5
          Some landlords will now simply increase the rent because they can no longer take a 'Pet deposit'.

          Which means you will pay more overall - the longer you stay the more you pay.

          And then some will 'forget' that they charged extra to cover your pet and will also try to claim costs when you leave because of the 'damage' your pet has caused.

          It's one of the things they didn't consider when bring in laws restricting deposits.

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            #6
            And to make matters worse the law is that you can't take a higher rent and agree to lower it later if things are working out well with the pet.

            There seem to be a very large pool of potential tenants with pets in my area going round in circles with nowhere to stay.

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              #7
              Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
              And to make matters worse the law is that you can't take a higher rent and agree to lower it later if things are working out well with the pet.
              Not quite true.
              • You can agree to lower it after a year.

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                #8
                so deposit is now capped at 5 weeks? if thats the case 5 weeks deposit here would be £850. I am being asked for £975 (1 month rent + pet deposit)

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by nukecad View Post
                  Some landlords will now simply increase the rent because they can no longer take a 'Pet deposit'.

                  Which means you will pay more overall - the longer you stay the more you pay.

                  And then some will 'forget' that they charged extra to cover your pet and will also try to claim costs when you leave because of the 'damage' your pet has caused.

                  It's one of the things they didn't consider when bring in laws restricting deposits.
                  I'm charging an additional £25 pcm per pet. This isn't to cover damage; it's because I don't really want pets. If it was to cover damage it would be a deposit paid monthly with all the paperwork that'll involve.

                  The last pets (in the minging bungalow) caused damage to the laminate (burst large fishtank), dog poo in the yard and garden (a lot of it), dog chewing to the woodwork in the conservatory, dog pee and poo in the conservatory with the pee soaking the laminate so much the laminate bent when I stripped it out, poo skiddies all over the wooden doors where the dog had jumped up, big thick clumpy tumbleweed of fur all over the place...... as you can imagine this has cost a lot to repair - around £800 as a lower estimate. Plus lost rent ( 1 month ) while I get the damage repaired and the flooring replaced. So that's about £1400 just in pet damage or 56 months at £25 pcm.

                  I forgot to add on the skip hire to remove all the damaged floor = £225.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Shelly24 View Post
                    so deposit is now capped at 5 weeks? if thats the case 5 weeks deposit here would be £850. I am being asked for £975 (1 month rent + pet deposit)
                    That's no longer legal.

                    On a practical level, if you decline the increased deposit, you may not be allowed to proceed with the tenancy and it's hard to find a landlord prepared to take a pet.
                    Or the landlord may increase the rent as an alternative.

                    You may find that not knowing that the landlord is doing something illegal is actually helpful.

                    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jpkeates View Post

                      You may find that not knowing that the landlord is doing something illegal is actually helpful.
                      Good point jp!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
                        And to make matters worse the law is that you can't take a higher rent and agree to lower it later if things are working out well with the pet.

                        There seem to be a very large pool of potential tenants with pets in my area going round in circles with nowhere to stay.
                        And this is why I advertise that I will consider pets. It's a family house. Families who have pets.
                        interestingly none of the people I've ended up renting to had a pet.

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