The British love their pets, and tend to take them everywhere – including away on holiday. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that so many landlords experience damage caused by their tenants’ furry friends’. But what can you do about it?

The easy option is simply to disallow pets from staying in your holiday home. But while this will certainly save your fixtures and fittings from being bitten, scratched and gnawed at, don’t forget that owning pets in the UK is very widespread, and you may be losing out on the very lucrative ‘furry pound’.

If you do let animals stay in your home, be aware that few holiday home insurance policies will provide cover for damage caused by pets. That said, there are a number of other things you can do to limit the effect of pets on your property. Perhaps the most effective is asking pet owners for a deposit – and return it to them only after you have carried out a full and detailed inspection your property.

Your holiday letting agreement should clearly state that any damage caused by pets needs to be paid for in full. By making your tenants as aware as possible of the ramifications of damage caused by their pets, they will be more inclined to keep an eye on their furry companions, which will hopefully reduce the likelihood of an incident.
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