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Renting with pets – the do’s and don’ts

Renting with Pets in Brighton

So you want to rent in Brighton?

You want to rent in Brighton but can’t leave little Whiskers the cat behind?

You want to rent in Brighton but Rex and Spot the dogs are part of the family too?

Don’t worry, it’s still possible to rent in this fantastic seaside city – we are here to tell you all you need to know about renting with pets in Brighton and Hove.

It’s lovely to make a house a home with a pet, but it can make it trickier to rent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.

Here are our do’s and don’ts when looking at renting with pets in Brighton.


– Prove that you are a responsible pet owner. Landlords may not be keen on pets as they can be destructive, messy and lead to complaints from neighbours. It’s your job to prove to them that you will act responsibly.

– Consider creating a ‘CV’ for your pet, complete with references from your previous landlord or vet. This could include evidence of your pet’s personality, vaccinations, flea treatments and any training courses that you have completed. This will help the landlord gain a greater understanding of your pet and ultimately, will help with renting in Brighton.

– Provide your landlord/agent with contact details of your vet or an emergency contact that could look after your pet in your absence.

– Introduce your pet to the landlord/agent so they can see how they behave themselves. This will give them confidence that you are a responsible pet owner. 

– Be prepared to pay a little more rent to mitigate any potential damage that your pet may cause to the property.

– Read your tenancy agreement carefully if renting with pets in Brighton and Hove.  There may be a clause added to your agreement specifically about them. For example, not allowing them to foul in the garden, or not leaving them alone for long periods of time.

Do not’s

  • Don’t assume a ‘no pets allowed’ comment on a property description means it is “set in stone” that you can’t rent with your pet. If you love the property and are keen on renting in Brighton and Hove, you can discuss your personal pet situation with the agent or landlord, who may make an exception.
  • Don’t get a pet once you’ve already moved in without your landlord’s express permission. There will most likely be a clause in your tenancy agreement that says you can’t keep pets.
  • Do not be untruthful about pet ownership as this could sour relations and result in the tenancy not being renewed, poor reference or worse.
  • Be aware that if you are permitted you can keep hens and rabbits in your rented property, as long as they do not cause a nuisance. However, you can’t keep them for business purposes such as breeding or selling eggs.

We would recommend that you discuss your individual circumstances with your landlord before bringing any animal onto the property.

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly property to rent in Brighton, get in touch with us today on 01273 005599 or email

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