My husband and I have just been cleaning ferociously because we are due for a rental inspection this week. For any normal tenants, this would be a breeze! You just straighten the rugs, give the floors a mop or vacuum and make sure your sinks are clean and what not.
For people who own an animal (especially when they aren’t supposed to), it’s a bloody nightmare!
Our cat isn’t all that bad to have around. He is generally pretty good, of course he lives his life and it isn’t like he doesn’t exist within this house. He has his comforts and yes the carpet gets a few stray hairs here and there but we’ve lived here for nearly two years.
When we have an inspection, we go nuts on the cleaning and tidying. Our house literally becomes model home worthy, because we are so paranoid. It is exhausting! It’s the part of the package that comes with having a pet sneakily, which I guess we can’t complain too much about. But at the same time, why is this? You can bet the people that own the property have pets of their own, and would understand the position.
When looking for a place to rent, there are no houses that allow pets. It is rare if you come across a rental property that allows it, and the chances are if they do allow it, the house is already in a pretty un liveable state and they’re just taking advantage of families with a pet willing to pay for anything as long as they can have their pets.
The animal shelters are filled to the brim with loved pets that had to be given up due to rental laws, it is so cruel and unfair.
I understand having puppies that chew doors, cats that scratch paint off walls and tear the place up is concerning when you own a property and you are renting it out. However, I do feel as though the rules should be more lenient with pet owners who are looking for a home and know their pets capabilities.
When an inspection comes up and you have a pet (yes, that you shouldn’t have) and you pass it with flying colours. But then, they find out you have a pet.
All of a sudden they find x y z wrong with the place, and charge you a fortune.
I believe that is wrong. We have been so lucky that we have never had any trouble, and yes we feel guilty we sneakily have a cat living under our roof but we wouldn’t have it any other way. The poor bugger has to go to our families house for the day, he hates the car and he hates being moved around. But what is a day of misplacement compared to living the entire time happy and safe in their home? We would do anything for him.
Unfortunately owning a house in this day and age is unimaginable, the housing prices have sky rocketed. No choice at this stage!
Wish us luck this week with our sneaky secret! We have been tidying up a storm (definitely over compensating!), but it is worth it.