Much as it can be a pain, it's ALWAYS best to be up front re pets, and get it in writing. That way there's no messing around later on. I can't personally see why you can't have a hamster on a property, but from a landlord's point of view, will it stop there? Normally you'll get a letter stating how many and what animals will be allowed on the property, to over-rule the standard 'no pets' that are on most standard rental agreements in the UK.
It would be very easy to 'hide' a small animal like this on inspection day, but do you want to be looking over your shoulder, when an inspection isn't due? It can happen that a landlord may want to pop by with short/no notice, even if they are supposed to give you 24 hours notice, especially if you have a friendly relationship going on. Having to leave him standing on the doorstep rather than inviting him in could be awkward to say the least. I've done a hiding thing, for a while, and didn't feel very comfortable about it!!
· 8 years ago