Pets and Rented Accommodation
Many of us take it for granted that we are able to enjoy the company of our pets. Life isn’t quite so simple if you live in rented accommodation. Most Landlords do not allow pets in their properties and flouting the terms of their tenancy agreement can see pet owners kicked out of their homes. The Manchester Evening News has recently highlighted the plight of tenants who are so desperate to keep their pets that they conceal them from their landlords, sometimes for years.
Unfortunately, even the most friendly, adorable and well-behaved pets can be destructive sometimes. Then there are the owners who fail to cope with their animals and end up living in a filthy home which is a health hazard. It isn’t difficult to see why most landlords do not permit pets in their properties.
But their strict approach to pets means that there are millions of responsible animal lovers who are not permitted to have pets in their homes. The entirely predictable result is that many tenants keep pets anyway and then attempt to conceal them from their landlords. The Manchester Evening News discovered that the people of Manchester are no exception.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous reported that she had taken in a litter of kittens when her friend became ill will cancer. Years later she still has the cats and has been force to hide them from her landlord. He tends to phone before he visits and so the woman has managed to get away with her transgression for many years, but often by the skin of her teeth.
A Bunny in the Oven
A Manchester student has said that she was forced to hide her rabbit in the oven when the landlord paid a surprise visit to her flat! Her housemate purchased the rabbit which the girls thought would be easy keep secret but then the letting agency turned up out of the blue to inspect the property. The student panicked and stuffed the bunny in the oven!
Cat lover Kirsty Borland had told her landlord about her cat before she moved into her new home. But when she moved out the landlord used the cat as an excuse to retain Kirsty’s deposit, citing damage to the carpets, even though the cat had not damaged them. Kirsty was forced to give up the cat because she couldn’t afford to lose another deposit.
Small Pet, Big problem
Christina Blaney had chosen to keep a hamster which she called Brian. She figured that little Brian would be easy to hide. But concealing a hamster and a cage isn’t that straightforward. When the landlord visited, poor Brian would end up in the boiler cupboard!
Animal charities are reporting that many of the pets which are given up for adoption are brought in by owners who have experienced issues with their landlords. The problem is getting steadily worse and cats are often the victims.
Tenants who breach their tenancy agreements can face losing their homes and their deposits. They could also be landed with huge legal bills if the Landlord decides to evict them as the courts will order them to pay their landlord’s costs.
This is a difficult and seemingly insoluble issue. It is easy to understand the tenants’ desire to keep pets but equally easy to sympathise with landlords who could find themselves faced with significant damage to their properties.