Pets in privately rented accommodation
December 12, 2018
The RSPCA Cymru works with private landlords across England and Wales to help put in place processes to ensure that the challenges faced by landlords are overcome and to help break down the stigma and fear some landlords have in allowing animals into rented accommodation.
The RSPCA recommends to private landlords that to avoid issues from escalating and to ensure a successful tenancy arrangement involving pets at a property, landlords should include a clearly defined procedure in the Tenancy Agreement, or develop an associated pets policy. This agreement or policy should clearly outline the rules and conditions concerning the keeping of a pet – landlords should not agree to allow pets into a property verbally.
As part of the tenancy agreement the RSPCA recommends that it includes:
● An owner’s legal responsibility to ensure the welfare needs of animals in their care as
detailed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and if those needs can be met at the
● Where appropriate the number and/or species of animals allowed to be kept at the
property, including the process for temporary pets such as pets of friends and family
● The process which will be adopted if unauthorised pets are discovered at the
● A ban on activity such as animal breeding or pet vending from the premises
● That an owner must ensure the pet does not cause a nuisance or be used in a
manner which could be deemed anti-social
● A list of contact details for vets and charities for help and advice and the promotion of
neutering and microchipping
● The option for a written and photographed itinerary of the property before the tenancy
and the option for a small increase in the deposit to cover the possibility of damage.
The RSPCA has produced standard pet policies for private landlords and best practice guides – which can be downloaded from the tab to the right.