Ask an Estate Agent: More Dogs Than I Know What to Do With
Written by: Violet Myers
Sponsored by Davies & Davies Estate Agents.
Like many women I have a few true loves in my life; a fine Cabernet Sauvignon, the feel of a sumptuous Siberian fur and my newest devotion – the humble hound.
I simply adore dogs! Their fabulous silken coats, delicate markings and classic colour scheme are simply to die for. Recently I’ve been blessed with the ownership of a few dozen, give or take, pure bred Dalmatian puppies (a temporary situation, I assure you). Simply gorgeous creatures, beautifully distinct spots that go marvellously with a patent leather boot.
I live in rented accommodation, a charming little six bed in Highbury Park, the trouble is my landlord is an utter wretch. My contract states that I’m not to home animals, not even in the sake of fashion!
How do I approach this matter with him? Also, is there anything that I myself (and by that I of of course mean the help), can do to assure the aforementioned landlord that the little feral rats…I mean darling puppies…do not befoul my home before I’ve had time to…neutralise them?
A Most Courteous Fashion Enthusiast.
Dear Fashion Enthusiast,
What a pickle! I love dogs too, but am more of polyester blend man.
My advice is to be upfront with your landlord and see what they say. By making sure your pets are up-to-date with all of their jabs and are properly trained, you will increase your chances of your landlord allowing them to reside in their property. Also by offering to put a pet clause in your contract, that ensures they aren’t put out financially if your furry bundles of joy were to cause any damage, you’re more likely to come to an amicable agreement about your pet situation with your landlord.
It’s always better to be honest, simply hiding the pet and hoping they won’t notice could get you in trouble and instructed to leave the property.
In regards to pet proofing, I’d advise choosing accommodation with a garden, hard wood flooring over carpet and picking a property that’s size appropriate for the number of pets you have. A single Chihuahua obviously requires less space than, lets say, a hundred or so full sized Dalmatians. Location can be important too, for example access to a park or open space and proximity to a well regarded vets will help to ensure your pets have a happy and harmonious life in their new home.
Now please excuse me while I Google the number for the NSPCA…
Senior Negotiator – Davies & Davies Estate Agents
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