I had a call from my friend who is a private landlord (away on holiday). Having been unable to sell her property, she decided to rent it out. It was a nice 2 bedroom bungalow in a quite cul-de-sac in a nice area so she found a tenant easily. The tenant wanted a long term let as her children were going to the local primary school then secondary school. Any landlords dream tenant.
When my friend called me she said that she had received reports from her old neighbours that the tenant was keeping a pony on the front lawn, could I go and have a look and sort it out? I found this hard to believe as the front lawn was only approx: 3 meters square.
The property was local to me so I got ready and headed over.
Turns out the pony was a little shetland pony no bigger than a great dane dog. It was being sold the next day and would be kept in the back garden and out of harms way and view overnight.
Even though this situation was innocent enough and no harm was done, there are instances of tenants keeping livestock/animals in front or back gardens.
Most tenancy agreement state that pets and birds are not allowed inside the property but many do not have a clause for animals, birds, livestock, pets being kept outside of the property.
In this scenario, a small pony was involved but you could be in a situation where your tenants is keeping dogs, pigeons and even in some cases chickens and ducks outside without your prior consent or knowledge.
A word advice from one landlord to another. If your property has a front or back garden please ensure that your tenancy agreement outlines clearly what animals or birds you will or will not allow in or outside the property and that you get a written request from your tenant before they buy and animal and have it on your property.
You don’t want a situation where your tenant has a horse or pony in your garden and no NOT ALLOWED clause in your contract as this may cause a lot of problems not only to your property but also with your neighbours.
Can you imagine how you would feel if 1 month into a 6 month contract your tenant bought and housed (kennel/run) the animal outside and it barked/howled all night and the neighbours were contacting YOU to sort it out? It is a headache that as landlord you just don’t need.