LEEDS PETS GIVEN LIFELINE AS RECESSION CONTINUES TO BITE
Martin & Co Leeds City lends support to Dogs Trust Lets with Pets good practice scheme
Martin & Co Leeds City, which covers City Centre Apartments and the surrounding areas has pledged its support to Lets with Pets, a scheme run by charity Dogs Trust. Lets with Pets works with letting agencies and private landlords, encouraging them to take a ‘Pets Considered’ approach, rather than enforcing a blanket ban on pets.
Recent Dogs Trust research revealed that it takes pet owners up to seven times longer to find pet-friendly accommodation. Many are forced to keep pets secret while others have gone to more extreme lengths to stay with their pets, such as living in a caravan, or moving hundreds of miles away from friends and family.
Martin & Co Leeds City is supporting the Lets with Pets good practice scheme by offering practical tips and advice to both landlords and tenants.
Kate Richardson of Martin & Co Leeds City explains:
“We frequently receive requests from people looking to rent with their pets so it made good business sense to support Lets with Pets.
There is a real need for more pet-friendly rentals in this area and we hope that by following Lets with Pets’ advice, we can improve the situation. We’ll work with landlords and responsible pet-owning tenants to add pet clauses into contracts. Through simple steps advised by Lets with Pets - such as taking a higher deposit and regular checks – we hope to help lots of pet-owners find homes.
Any landlord seeking more information on the benefits of the scheme is welcome to contact us.”
The website www.letswithpets.org.uk offers downloadable advice booklets and practical tips for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It also includes a directory of current campaign supporters and information on how letting agencies can sign up to support the scheme.
Clare Kivlehan, Outreach Projects Manager at Dogs Trust, explains:
“There are relatively few pet-friendly properties available in the rental market so owners who need to rent privately are either forced to live in unsuitable properties, give up their pets, or keep them without consent from their landlord.
However, pet owners tend to sign longer rental contracts because it simply is so hard to find anywhere – so landlords are missing out on responsible, long-term tenancy opportunities. We set up Lets with Pets to help resolve this situation.”