Would you let your tenants have a puppy?

(210 Posts)
Creamegg11 Fri 16-Oct-20 21:18:42

Just that really. Tenants moved in two months ago into my two bedroom first floor flat with a section of back garden. They hadn’t mention any wants of having a dog when the letting agents asked all prospective tenants of any requirement that they want. I just had new carpets fitted to stairs and landing last year.

Tenants offered to pay extra deposit and puppy proof the flat with covers for floors etc. What annoys me is their text saying they are planning to get a puppy instead of asking whether it’s possible. It clearly states in their tenancy contract that no pets allowed unless landlord gives consent.

I told them I have a think. I don’t want the hassle of any damage or smell to flat from a dog once they leave, offer deposit or not.

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PracticingPerson Fri 16-Oct-20 21:21:19

I'd say no, because they have been a bit underhand. If they been upfront I would have considered it!

Aquamarine1029 Fri 16-Oct-20 21:21:36

Lifelong dog owner and dog lover here, but no fucking way. I would never allow a tenant to have a dog or cat. Protect your property.

NoSquirrels Fri 16-Oct-20 21:21:50

I wouldn’t, no. They’ve not long moved in - for long-standing tenants who I knew, I’d consider it. Even then, a puppy is basically a walking destruction machine for months. And it’s a first floor flat so they’ll piss off the downstairs neighbours.

I’m afraid in your position I’d say a firm no.

RedPandaFluff Fri 16-Oct-20 21:22:43

Oooooo my gut feeling would be a no - we had a German shepherd pup and she gnawed skirting boards, chewed up doors, shredded a sofa - and this dog was not bored, she'd go to work with exDP and she had three long walks a day! She grew into an amazing dog but the puppyhood was tough going.

Having said that, if your tenants are willing to cover the cost of any damage, and they're otherwise good tenants (references etc.) it might be worth considering . . .

NoSquirrels Fri 16-Oct-20 21:23:20

(Ex-LL and dog-lover, btw)

Monkeytapper Fri 16-Oct-20 21:24:05

No, our puppy chewed skirting board and side of kitchen units


MrsOrMiss Fri 16-Oct-20 21:24:31

No, I wouldn't.
Even if they pay extra for the cleaning, you've no guarantee all traces of the dog will go.

We once rented a property only to discover fleas a few weeks down the line. Grim isn't the word.

Monkeytapper Fri 16-Oct-20 21:25:52

Plus it might disturb neighbours and then you will end up with complaints from them.

ramblingsonthego Fri 16-Oct-20 21:26:48

Would you need freeholders permission to have pets? If you do, use that as your get our clause. I am a freeholder and we have a blanket no for dogs, due to the noise and smell. Other leaseholders can start complaining and then you have to be the heartless person who makes them get rid of a dog. Just save all the hassle.

I wouldn't let them have a dog, let alone a puppy who will likely chew. Its not worth the hassle you will have when they leave.

FourPlasticRings Fri 16-Oct-20 21:28:39

No. Reason being that it's very difficult to find a landlord who will allow a dog and if they end up moving they may end up dumping said dog to make the house hunt easier. They don't sound terribly responsible.

Creamegg11 Fri 16-Oct-20 21:29:31

They’re thinking of getting a Labrador. Not a small dog, I just don’t think it’s practical having a big dog in a flat.

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Twizbe Fri 16-Oct-20 21:29:37

No way. Dogs shouldn't be kept in flats without direct access to a garden (my opinion)

Just say no.

KarmaNoMore Fri 16-Oct-20 21:29:43

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Justmuddlingalong Fri 16-Oct-20 21:30:14

No. I'd possibly consider it with long term, known renters, but you've no idea what kind of tenants they are after just 2 months. And the "just kind of letting you know" text would piss me off tbh.

Aquamarine1029 Fri 16-Oct-20 21:30:20

Would you need freeholders permission to have pets? If you do, use that as your get our clause.

The op doesn't need a "get out" clause. The agreement clearly states no pets without landlord permission. All that is needed is a firm NO. If these people definitely wanted a dog they should have rented somewhere else.

tsmainsqueeze Fri 16-Oct-20 21:31:12

I love dogs and have 2 , but no way would i let my tenant have a dog .
Far to much potential trouble.

KarmaNoMore Fri 16-Oct-20 21:32:01

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Aquamarine1029 Fri 16-Oct-20 21:32:52

Honestly, I don't really understand why you're even considering it. You have no idea what kind of dog owners they would be, then throw in the piss, shit, barking, and potential for massive damage to your property, it's an obvious no. Then wanting a dog is not your problem.

MoonSauce Fri 16-Oct-20 21:33:29

We own our flat but still had to apply and pay for permission.

If we weren't ground floor, we wouldn't have done it. My friends upstairs neighbour has dogs and they're tiny but you hear every step they take because dogs can't tiptoe.

Herdwick Fri 16-Oct-20 21:33:31

That's a firm no

Don't be surprised if they get one anyway. Hope you have a good deposit from them through a proper deposit scheme. Puppies destroy stuff.

Aquamarine1029 Fri 16-Oct-20 21:33:41


Cheesypea Fri 16-Oct-20 21:34:06

What does it say in the contract?

Heyha Fri 16-Oct-20 21:34:57

We got a dog while renting but we had been there a long while so knew the landlord well enough to have a sensible discussion when we requested it, he was an adult dog, and it was a house with a decent lawn straight out the kitchen door. A puppy, in a flat, from new tenants, nope!

PepsiLola Fri 16-Oct-20 21:37:49

Think of their neighbours under them! Especially with a relatively large dog.

You have to let them out hourly at first, and throughout the night. Imagine how annoying it would be for others around?

Imagine having a shared garden but one person allows their dog to use it as a toilet.

And the damage puppies can do! I'm sat here with my two dogs right now, and can remember all the stupid things they ate, and how ruined our wood doors used to be

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