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Pets: To be or not to be?

Renting a property that allows pets is a big decision.

More and more rental properties are becoming pet friendly in Edinburgh.

This blog post will cover some of the factors that landlords consider when choosing whether or not to accept pets, what makes certain properties more suitable for pets than others, and where you can find more information about renting a property if you have a pet in Edinburgh.

You may have put your pet up for adoption, or you may be lucky enough to live in an area where they are permitted. Either way, being able to take your furry friend with you into your new home is something that most people want to do. However, before signing on the dotted line of the tenancy agreement, it’s important to make sure that you can afford the extra costs associated with your pet.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than falling in love with a property only to discover when you’re ready to make an offer that it doesn’t accept pets. You’re left with a difficult choice – either find a new home for your pet or give up on the property.

You will need to check the terms of your tenancy agreement.

The Scottish Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) agreement has a clause that states that the tenant will not keep any animals or pets in the let property without the prior written consent of the landlord. Many tenants in the private rented sector are permitted by their landlord to keep pets in their home and we encourage landlords to allow this where it is appropriate to ensure that tenants are happy in their home and have companionship but are responsible for any damage caused by their pet.

You will need to make sure the property is suitable for your pet.

You may have found the perfect rental property for yourself but is it perfect for your pet too? Your pet may be well behaved the majority of the time but they can be a bit cheeky at times. It is important to consider your neighbours as this will have an impact on you should your landlord receive noise complaints (for example, if your pet is barking late at night consistently in the property or the shared garden)

Why do landlords choose to not accept pets?

Simply, time and money! Many landlords choose not to accept pets as they don’t want the hassle of fixing any damage which may lead to a vacant property until the next tenant can move in. This makes perfect sense, however not every pet will cause damage to a rental property so it can be unfair to put a blanket ban on all pets. The landlord will also have to deal with any noise complaints from neighbours and cleaning companies which may cost more depending on odours.

What are the pros and cons of renting WITH & WITHOUT pets?

  • Longer tenancy: Allowing a tenant to let your property with their pets can encourage tenants to stay longer term
  • More tenants: Data shows that almost half of all renters have a pet, so if you limit your properties to non-pet owners, you’ve got a smaller pool of people to choose from, meaning your rental property could be on the market longer – costing you money.
  • Avoid sneak-ins: Allowing pets will reduce the chances of tenants sneaking in pets that you haven’t approved.
  • Happier tenants: Happy tenants are quieter and stick around for a longer period of time. Pets help reduce stress, and this means your tenants are comfortable and happy in their new home with their furry friends!


We hope you have enjoyed this post in our landlord blog. Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to accepting pets. We suggest that you consider accepting pets on a case-by-case basis and use your discretion and give your tenant a friendly reminder that they are responsible for extra costs to cover cleaning and damage.

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