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Why don't landlords accept pets in Ireland?

  • 04-09-2021 12:15pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    As a pet owner, I am owning up to my responsibilities and if that includes professional cleaning at the end of tenancy or an extra deposit, that is ok with me. At least they can write up a lease knowing what is expected of me while owning a pet in a rental.

    But a landlord have their pick with people and can choose someone that can hide the fact they smoke. And cigarette smoke can ruin their property as well.

    How is this fair? And will this ever change in Ireland to allow pets in rental properties?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,238 ✭✭✭RichardAnd

    Some landlords will. My previous housemate had a cat, and it was never a problem. It depends on the person.

    As for why it tends to be proscribed here, well I think it's a cultural thing. Over in Italy, it's common to see dogs in restaurants and bars, and I personally know more than a few Italians who have pets in rented accommodation. Here in Ireland, we're just not really like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,018 ✭✭✭Xander10

    With a house and garden it shouldn't be an issue. However, in Apt complexes, it's more about avoiding the hassle of neighbours complaining

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    That's the thing, how about people smoking? That's easier to hide, but the smell smokers leave behind is disgusting and sticks to everything. So how does a landlord make sure the people they choose don't smoke?

    At least I'm being upfront and trying to be responsible and we're not all bad tenants.

    But going by this I should probably hide my cat.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,677 ✭✭✭✭Discodog

    A friend of mine lives in a new apartment in Finland on the sixth floor. Pets are welcome & quite a few tenants have dogs.

    But then again they also have lots of dog parks where people can let their dog off the lead safely.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,082 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    As a LL, I allow cats - because I had one, and its unfurnished. Goldfish and pet birds are fine too.

    But I would never allow a dog, or any other four legged animal too dumb to be trained to use a litter box.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,847 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Being Finland, it's a fair bet that people are more responsible for their dogs than here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,045 ✭✭✭piplip87

    It must be a big town thing. I have never had a problem finding place with my dog. Personally I don't think dogs should be allowed in apartments at all. It's not fair on the dog.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    What if I can prove that I look after my pet through insurance, microchipping and 4 years worth of vaccination records?

    That proves I look after my pet and prove that I'm a responsible person. So responsible enough to look after a property as well.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 8,385 CMod ✭✭✭✭Sierra Oscar

    I previously rented a property to a tenant who had a number of cats. I'm a fan of cats myself and the tenant was lovely, plus it was at a time when it was a renters market. In anycase when she moved out I had to replace all of the carpets due to damage caused by the cats, clearly worn and torn in parts. Now the tenant was there for four years in fairness and I didn't mind too much, I would be doing a bit of work on the place regardless. The carpets were new when she moved in though. Nowadays it would just be less hassle overall to insist no cats / dogs living inside.

  • Registered Users Posts: 113 ✭✭ByTheSea2019

    Yeah, I really wonder about this. There's a couple in the same apartment block as me with some really large breed of dog (I don't know anything about dogs). They take it out for walks, but I don't know if they can exercise it enough through that alone. The lift smells a bit of wet dog after they've been in it for a few seconds up and down so I wonder what the apartment that the dog stays in all the time must smell like.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,993 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    But you're taking a risk on someone else as well. I don't think you will ever get the ideal tenant, like I said there's so much that smokes and that is hidden more easily and smoke leaves damage as well.

    But I'm being upfront and can offer an extra deposit and get professional cleaning after the tenancy to cover any potential damage.

    But the way how things are, I'm better off lying.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,993 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    You are correct, there is always risk, but the risk of damage caused by pets is negated by refusing them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    Do you refuse people with kids as well? To be safe like.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,993 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,620 ✭✭✭DoctorEdgeWild

    Some landlords do, some don't. It's their property so, within reason, their rules.

    I rent from a dog friendly owner, so no idea how I'd feel if I was a landlord, but I suspect I'd probably take that risk away by not letting tenants keep cats or dogs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,376 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    Kids also cause damage. If it's about risk of damage, you should also be refusing kids.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,993 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Kids are a risk most LL’s are willing to accept, pets are not.

  • Registered Users Posts: 225 ✭✭Alfred123

    What about childish adults ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,993 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    And mature kids.

  • Registered Users Posts: 225 ✭✭Alfred123

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,993 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Dogs that identify as cats.