Calling all fellow tenants who own a dog! I'd also welcome advice from landlords too
We're looking to move back to Cardiff or Penarth in the next couple of months, as we have a new addition to the family on the way and my girlfriend is moving with her job, so requires the car (we only have 1 car between us and currently work in the same place).
We keep running up against the same brick wall when it comes to enquiring about properties, which is that landlords/agents seem to have this overwhelming fear when it comes to the mention of the phrase "we have a small dog". They seem to be of the opinion that a small dog will single-handedly destroy a family home. Honestly, you might as well say that you have a blind rhinocerous with a temper problem
. I find it a bit odd that virtually every agent or landlord we've spoken to will happily let us move in with our baby (due in March) which could potentially draw all over the walls, floor, doors, you name it in a few years time, but yet won't even entertain the idea of us having a pet which basically does nothing but sleep all day.
It's beginning to get more than a little bit frustrating now, as there are lots of properties to rent which:
a) Fall within our budget
b) Are in places in Cardiff where we want to live (ie. not in Splott, Llanedeyrn or Ely!)
c) Are available almost immediately
The problem is that NONE (and I mean NONE) of the properties we've enquired about in Cardiff or Penarth will take a dog, even though we can supply references for his fantastic behaviour and non-destructiveness from 2 previous landlords of ours, and are willing to not only pay an additional bond for the dog, but to pay to have the property professionally cleaned at the end of our tenancy - this essentially negates the other argument of the new tenants being allergic to dog hairs.
With this in mind, I've been wondering whether it's going to be easier to just not mention that we have a dog when moving in (yes, naughty naughty) and then "inherit it from an elderly relative" a few months down the line. I know of a couple of friends who have done this and haven't run into any problems besides having to pay an additional bond for the pet when they disclose it to the landlord/agent and have more regular property inspections. However, there is also the possibility that it could go the other way and we could get kicked out
I'd welcome some opinions and advice, both from tenants and landlords.