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How To Find Pet-Friendly Accommodation to Rent

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It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find rental property that will allow pets. Owners of unfurnished properties are more amenable than owners of furnished ones, but even so, a recent report revealed that of more than 2,000 rental inquiries, every single one involving a pet was rejected. So what to do?
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Check your pet’s insurance. Some policies protect against damage a pet may cause to a rented property.
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Prepare the pet-CV for your dog, setting out any training classes, breed type and whether it has been neutered.
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Check the relevant clauses of your lettings agreement/lease with special care and follow them to the letter.
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If you work full time and are going to leave the dog/cat unattended all day, landlords may be particularly wary of you.
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Be prepared to offer to pay a larger deposit and sign extra lease clauses to cover any possible damage, carpet cleaning, etc
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In some cases smaller dogs have a better chance, and often the breed will also be taken into consideration.
Conclusion: 
It seems ridiculous when we think of the damage done to rental properties by thoughtless teenagers and drunken adults, that a well-behaved family pet can be refused admission to a rented home. Nevertheless this is now the norm, so be prepared for a long wait.
Tips: 
Cats are generally perceived as less of a risk than dogs
Caged pets (including house rabbits) are also discriminated against.
Look for properties with tiled floors that are easily washable.
Warnings: 
Don’t underestimate the length of time it may take to find a dog/cat friendly property.

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