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« on: May 17, 2021, 10:36:01 PM »

Hi, I recently became a landlord with my first property that I now manage myself. The tenancy agreement drawn up by the agents clearly states no cats or dogs without permission. I went to the properly today to collect my mail and was shocked to see a cat walk out the door. My tenant has only been in the property a month. Any advice on how to deal with this would be appreciated! Would I charge extra rent a month or put in place additional damage deposit...
« Last Edit: May 18, 2021, 10:56:33 AM by Alysha »
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2021, 09:33:47 AM »

You cannot charge extra rent or an additional deposit.Provided the tenant leaves the property in the same state when they vacate,there is no point in making a fuss about this.Cats are generally no problem,and unlikely to cause much damage or annoy neighbours.You may wish to say something to make it plain you don't want any more pets appearing there. If this is a decent tenant who pays rent on time you can be a bit flexible.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021, 10:04:41 AM »

...I now mange myself.

The irony.

Anyway, you can't really ban pets... not effectively... let it go. When you have these clauses in an agreement you are kinda depending on goodwill coupled with ignorance for adherence. If you wanted to take this all the way you could... but why. You have a Tenant. What you want most is for them to pay the rent and stay for a reasonable amount of time. The Agent would have no more success than you, it's not failing of yours.

From Google - "All forms of mange are highly contagious. Cats are very susceptible to several types of mange, including canine scabies, feline scabies (notoedric mange), ear mites (otodectic mange), walking dandruff (cheyletiellosis), and trombiculosis. Demodicosis is not considered mange, but it is also caused by mites." - be careful.

What I used to do... and probably still would (but I've not had a new Tenant for a while)... is try to gain upfront / documented agreement that whatever happens a portion of the Deposit would be reserved and agreed as forfeit for professional carpet cleaning at the end of the tenancy... I've never had a Tenant, who wanted a pet, demur against that idea.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2021, 10:25:00 AM »

I have actually had mange (scabies in humans) I got it from a fox at an animal sanctuary.If anyone here has mange themselves,I can advise.I don't judge.
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