Relocating with your Pet

Many families will want to bring their pet with them on assignment as, of course, they too are just as much a part of the family and can help us to settle in. Whilst there is all of the paperwork to sort out for their relocation (pet passport, transportation, quarantine, vaccines etc.) there are also some other important points to consider:

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If you do decide to bring your pet with you on assignment, then please bear in mind that this will narrow down the range of properties available to you and reduce your property search, especially in London.

Some Landlords will not allow pets at all. Particularly in London where a lot of properties are located in mansion blocks, there will be a head lease which may outright prohibit people from having pets in the building. Subsequently, there is little a Landlord can do to overturn this.

Pets, dogs in particular, can be a nuisance in large developments where there are communal areas and gardens, and where noise can disrupt your neighbours.

For any animal you plan on having in the property, however big or small, it must be written into the Tenancy Agreement.

A Landlord will want to know how old the animal is- puppies and kittens are more likely to cause damage.  For dogs, the Landlord will need to know what breed as obviously size can vary enormously.

Furthermore, if you are not bringing a pet from home but want to get one once you arrive, then you should be looking at properties with this in mind and ensure you already have the permission for the animal in the Tenancy Agreement ahead of time.

If a pet is something you decide on a year down the line, then you must get the Landlord’s written permission first.

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You may require a garden for your pet, which again can be tricky if you are looking in London. Whilst there are lots of green parks throughout the city, having your own space where you can let them out in the middle of the night can be harder to come by.

Any garden you do find in London will most likely be very small and paved or decked. It is unlikely to have real grass, many Landlords instead choosing to lay down astro turf. This is because it is much easier for Landlords and Tenants to manage and will avoid dead patches of grass and mud.

At the end of the tenancy, if your property did have real grass, you will be responsible for ensuring the lawn is handed back in the same condition as it was at the start. This may mean re-seeding the lawn several months prior to your departure or re-turfing.

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Once you find your pet friendly property, you will be expected to pay a deposit- normally 6 weeks rent although it could be higher. This is because with pets comes the potential for damage – scratched floors, chewing, hair on the carpet and furniture to name a few. You may also be asked to pay for the fumigation of the property once the tenancy has ended, as well as any cleaning to ensure all the hair is removed from the upholstery. As far as the Landlord is concerned, their next Tenant could be allergic to dogs and cats!

If you have any questions on any of the above, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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