Landlords should lay down rules on pets

by Gemma Roskell

Residential landlords looking to avoid disputes over pets may wish to include specific rules in their tenancy agreements.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, one property owner was forced to evict a tenant after discovering more than 60 animals in the house and the adjoining garage.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the woman in question lived in the property between March 2009 and March 2010.

He gained permission from the courts to evict her after finding out that she was the owner of 50 cats and 15 dogs.

"I was shocked and stunned," the landlord told the newspaper. "It was horrific. I had recently refurbished the house and it had brand new carpets which were wrecked."

He revealed that he spent £1,500 in legal fees evicting the tenant and a further £5,000 redecorating. He also lost money on rent.

Landlords can include specific clauses on the ownership of pets in their tenancy agreements if they do not want animals living in the property.

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Published on: September 2, 2010

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