Relocating to London with your pet from abroad is possible but not as easy. Apart from the usual immigration issues, you will likely face difficulties getting a flat in London with your pet. Due to the fact that housing demand is too high, getting a pet-friendly flat in London is even more difficult. Pet-friendly flats in London are few and difficult to get. Landlords in London give preference to tenants without pets. This may not be nice but it is the reality on the ground. However, it is very difficult too to relocate to London and leave your adorable pet behind. Sometimes adoption may not be your pet’s best wish and therefore you really want to have your pet with you in London. Fortunately, this is possible. Read on to get the best tips about relocating to London with your pet.
Getting a Pet-Friendly Apartment in London
The first thing to know should be that your pet must be vaccinated and may be quarantined at the port of entry into London for some time if you are moving from non-EU city. Once you are through with this, your pet is free to join you in your new flat in London. However, this may be the start of some friction between you and the landlord, between you and the property agent or even between you and the rest of the building residents. If your landlord is against your pet and says no, that is final (though you can do a few things to ease the situation, read on). If he has no problem with your pet but the building says no, that is it. How do you make life better for your pet in London? Here is what you need to do.
- Make sure to spare enough time to look for a pet-friendly flat in London. Do this well in advance before even moving to London.
- Do not be too selective when looking for a flat in London. The less restrictive you will be, the better the chances of getting a home for you and your pet.
- Give your landlord a complete resume for your pet. Include details of your pet’s latest veterinary doctor, latest vaccines, worms and flea treatments, as well as emergency contacts for the pet. Give your pet’s referees (your past landlords) to show the pet is well behaved and you are a responsible pet guy.
- Arrange a meeting for your pet with your landlord. Pray that your pet behaves nicely and they make friends. Do not sneak your pet into the building without consent.
- If the landlord is still apprehensive of your pet, offer to have the property professionally cleaned time after time or when you move out. You can also offer a higher deposit that may cover any damages caused by your pet. Add more advance rent payment to make your landlord softer.
It is advisable not to move to London with so many pets. Consider giving some for adoption in your city of origin. This is because the more the animals you have and the bigger the animals are in size; the more difficult it will be to house them in London.