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Pets, Families & Christmas

Pets are part of the family. Unlike our own presents, it is a little trickier to leave their ‘treats’ under the tree, particularly if they are edible. You know they will sniff them out, however much they are hidden under other gifts.

London is a pet friendly city full of events over the Christmas season. Everything from a dog Christmas jumper competition https://thedogvine.com/events/dog-christmas-jumper-competition-at-the-windmill-clapham/ with donations going to Battersea dogs & cats’ home https://www.battersea.org.uk/ to a pet friendly screening of the new film version of Cats https://thelondog.com/london-dog-events/dog-friendly-screening-cats-tbc/

Yet when there is so much going on for you and your pets in the Capital, finding a pet friendly rental in London is so much harder. At Pets Lets, part of what we do is find pet friendly properties for people. We come across of kinds of excuses from landlords, such as, “I’ll accept 1 dog but not 2” or to ‘I have just re-painted and don’t want a mess”.

Landlords do not understand that most pets are well behaved. Cats and dogs like to sleep and feel at home. They exercise outside and may be muddy from time to time, but that comes off unlike crayons and paint or wine stains. Many people have rented for years and during that time have got a dog or cat; they are too scared to approach the landlord so just ‘live in fear’ that they may be thrown out, constantly hiding any signs of a pet when the landlord comes by.

We even came across a dog owner who had agreed to buy a property in Kensington. In principle the freeholders were fine about a dog in the building but just needed to run it past the committee. One lady objected and the sale fell through. However, that same lady had inserted a pet clause in her lease when she bought in case, she wanted to have a dog or cat in the future. She selfishly felt the need to block anybody else enjoy living with their pet in the building. These are the situations you can come across.

When coming to London, people are unaware that many establishments are pet friendly. As well as the small coffee shops all across the Capital, bigger chains also welcome dogs such as Café Nero https://caffenero.com/uk/ (which has a UK dog friendly policy) as well as well known department stores like Peter Jones on Sloane Square and John Lewis on Oxford Street https://www.johnlewis.com/ plus Libertys on Regent Street https://www.libertylondon.com/ are some of the few places that welcome dogs through their doors! To find out more about the London Dog life, visit https://www.thedogvine.com or https://www.thelondog.com

Russell Hunt is the Founder of Pets Lets and has been advising clients on buying, selling and letting London properties for over 20 years. We also have pet friendly properties on our website and we know about others that will be available in the near future. Always good to get in touch to see what we have. We are about making it easier for pet owners to live with pets in London.

We came across this dog Christmas cookie recipe for everyone to enjoy the festive season and would like to pass it round http://www.farmandpetplace.co.uk/blog/easy-to-make-dog-christmas-cookies-recipe/.

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A Merry Christmas from all at Pets Lets.

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