A landlord has launched what she believes to be the ideal solution to the impasse between landlords who won’t take tenants with pets, and the estimated 7.6 million tenants in the UK who want to live with their cats or dogs.

In an exclusive interview, Natasha Homer-Earley whose family has a rental portfolio in the UK but who also has experience creating tech platforms, reveals she is to launch PetsScore, a dog and cat referencing service for landlords, tenants and letting agents.

It is due to go live in ten weeks and will enable tenants to register their pets for free including microchip number, breed/size/weight, vaccinations, pet insurance details, medical treatments (fleas, ticks, etc), pet training, landlord/letting agent references, exercise levels and pet temperament.

Petscore, like human tenant referencing, will charge agents a small fee or subscription to see pet references.

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Homer-Earley says she is concentrating on launching her digital referencing product but hopes to add an insurance element to the platform at a later date.

Portal pet reference

This would enable tenants to offer landlords and letting agents a reference for their pooch or moggy but also insurance cover for any damage or extra cleaning caused by their pet.

She says her service will also be applicable to the Airbnb/short lets sector and will eventually cover other kinds of pet as demand dictates.

“There’s no point in creating something unless it’s going to meet the standards and issues facing landlords and lettings agents,” she tells LandlordZONE.

The fledgling business has big plans, largely because its tech can be used by anyone around the world and solves an issue that is hotly debated in many countries, not just the UK.

MP Andrew Rosindell (pictured recently failed in his attempt to get legislation through parliament that would have mandated landlords to take tenants with pets based on a registration system very similar to Petscore.

The government also recently published its non-mandatory model AST which urges landlords to accept pets.

Homer-Earley is asking landlords, tenant and letting agents to pre-register for free with her service.



5 COMMENTS

  1. “Petscore, like human tenant referencing, will charge agents a small fee or subscription to see pet references.”

    And there’s the rub! I will NOT pay to see pet references! That will NOT convince me to let a property to a person with a pet or pets. It’s simply not enough to persuade me to take the risk of damaged structure (doors, door frames, windows etc.), furniture, or gardens, that, in my experience, I will not be paid for by the tenant, leaving it up to me, the landlord, to pick the dog dirt out of the lawn, clean up dog hair etc.

  2. Nice idea, but i wonder if this is something that can be paid for by the tenant, as it’s not actually a letting fee or something like that. Perhaps the tenant could present some kind of “pet certificate” as part of their application?

  3. Seems to me that every Tom, Dick or Harriet are eager to force landlords to do things they just don’t want to do…

    Bottom line I say to everyone from govt to Labour, Local council, Gen rent, Shelter etc etc.

    You simply cannot FORCE me or any other individual to invest in the PRS.

    I can move my money anywhere and the more one sector becomes higher risk with more red tape then I and others will simply invest where the risks are lower. Margins are already tight in the PRS so I might as well sell up and invest in a basket of shares, spread the risk and collect the annual dividends without the need to do anything.

    No decorating, no worrying about bad tenants, or dangerous dogs.

    In my view the ONLY safe pet is the one in the taxidermist’s window.

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