Renting with pets
Be transparent and flexible about your intention to rent with a pet and make sure you can provide your potential landlord with as much information as possible. This could be a pet biog or reference from a previous landlord. Once you have permission to rent with your pet, ensure that the terms are written into your contract to prevent future misunderstandings.
What you need to remember.
- When you find a home that suits your needs we’ll ask you to complete a simple application form. Anyone who is over the age of 18 will be asked to fill out an application form. Please ensure that all sections of the form are completed, we will then process your references quickly and confidentially.
- You then need to concentrate on the move itself, however we will make the transition smoother by getting in touch with utility providers to arrange your gas, electricity and water connection, along with the council tax.
- You also need to think about insuring your possessions. Contents insurance is mandatory when renting a property through Leapfrog.
Assured shorthold tenants
- Restrictions – Please be aware that some landlords impose certain restrictions in respect of the following: pets, smokers, housing benefit and students. Please refer to our staff at Leapfrog for further information on individual properties and if restrictions apply.
- A tenancy will automatically be an assured shorthold tenancy, after 28 February 1997, provided the tenant is a private individual who pays rent (totalling less than £25,000 p.a.) to a landlord who does not live in the same building. The property needs to be the tenant’s main residence.
- This will also be the same if they moved in after 15 January 1989 and were given a notice informing them they were assured shorthold tenants.
- The law provides basic rights and other conditions may be added into the tenancy agreement to be signed by the tenant and landlord.
- A tenant has the right to live in their home without being disturbed. The landlord and other people cannot enter freely when they wish and must seek permission to visit – typically at least 24 hours at a mutually convenient time.