Pet-friendly landlord Deirdre explains why she made the decision to accept tenants with pets.
"I let 3 properties with Mountgrange Heritage and currently have a dog owner in one of them.
When I met the tenants, they were desperate to find somewhere suitable for their spaniel having come up with blanks in their search for a home.
I believe all landlords should consider pets – if you don’t then you are missing out on a huge part of the market.
My advice to fellow landlords? Don’t be frightened! Meet the tenants and establish a relationship with them so they will be honest if any problems do arise. Meet the pet too before making a decision.
Just because you’re accepting of pets doesn’t mean you have to accept every pet into every property. Be pragmatic. I’ve never experienced any problems with pets at my properties and always get a larger deposit to cover any extra wear and tear. The tenants tend to be lovely people too!
As a landlord you will be asked this question more and more - more tenants these days come with pets. Pets are an integral part of the family, just like children!"