To dog or not to dog?

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    To dog or not to dog?

    Tenant asked me if they can have a small dog for their son.
    I had a dog before and I know that the house does smell.
    Reservation I have is what happens if they leave in a year when their contract ends cause their kid will change schools, and how easy it would be for me to clean it after they go. Also the dog may chew on carpets etc and it may be considered wear and tear cause they would have been in my house for 5 years.

    Advise please?

    #2
    If they have been good tenants and pay their rent on time, every time i would consider it very carefully, i have seen '' small dogs '' that can literally fit in a lunch box ! I can not see how they would cause an issue, see what breeds they are considering. To keep a good, long standing tenant happy i may go against what i initially would of thought when i first let the property....... they really are worth their weight in gold.

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      #3
      Talk to them about how they will care for the dog, what they will do about house-training, etc. (the son will not do it).

      If the dog chews carpets, scratches things, pees on carpets or non-waterproof flooring, etc, then that is damage, not wear and tear.
      Talk to them about the cost of damage being their responsibility.

      I budget on replacing carpets on tenant change when they are more than 5 years old.

      letting them keep a dog may mean they stay longer: finding pet-friendly accommodation is not easy.

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        #4
        If we decided to rent again when we manage to get our property back I would consider tenants with a pet. It can't be any worse than the damage done by our missing tenant and his children.

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          #5
          I agree with MdeB - talk to your tenant in detail about the care of the dog and damage. Be extra careful if it's a puppy. Every single tenant's pet I've had has caused considerable damage, as I've mentioned many times on LLZ. This includes birds that chewed the wallpaper, pooed everywhere and left seeds all over the place; a fish tank that broke and all the water ruined the laminate flooring; saying yes to one named dog seemed to give the T permission to get a puppy, there was dog dirt all over the lawn, and I really do mean all over, and wee stains on the carpets, there was even a trail of dried poo on the laminate; kittens and cats that have scratched the wall paper off right down to the plaster and even started on the plaster......... I now charge extra rent for pets.

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            #6
            Just so that you get different views on this, it would be an absolute no from me. The damage a dog could do to my very nicely furnished properties would be very unlikely to be properly compensated and I dont want the hassle

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              #7
              Could be worse, dogging etc etc

              Woof woof!
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Originally posted by pebblepebble View Post
                If we decided to rent again when we manage to get our property back I would consider tenants with a pet. It can't be any worse than the damage done by our missing tenant and his children.
                Very true, some people are worse than animals.



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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                  Just so that you get different views on this, it would be an absolute no from me. The damage a dog could do to my very nicely furnished properties would be very unlikely to be properly compensated and I dont want the hassle
                  I only let unfurnished, so I have less to lose.

                  If I let furnished I would probably not want pets in my properties.

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