This absolutely delighted me and I set about - doing the right thing - and asked our letting agents to find out if our landlord would approve this addition to the household. We've lived in our flat for 3 years now, we've always paid the rent on time and have caused minimal damage - the major damage was caused when the flat above us had a massive water leak thanks to their faulty washing machine and flooded not only our kitchen but some of our bedroom as well. The only thing we've done is put pictures up without using bluetac - as requested - and instead used nails, which cause more damage if you ask me.
So I emailed the letting agents who passed on the request. I figured our landlord would be fairly reasonable considering this request as the flat is recented as an unfurnished residence so all furniture - which is the thing most likely to get damaged - belongs to us, there should be little worry for him.
As letting agents go these ones are pretty good, they're reactive to any maintenance issues, they're prompt when it comes to inspections and they're good at communicating all movements and issues etc. So it took them about a week to get the response from the landlord - which arrived today.
Well, the man has only asked for another £200 extra deposit in case of any damages! I mean seriously! The furniture doesn't belong to him, what's the cat going to do? Eat the floor? Which, btw, is all wooden and therefore takes minimal damage as it is. Or is the cat going to climb the walls? Which, btw, are clay and so soft you can't even put shelves up without them ripping back out. Oh and they've already got water damage thanks to flat number 4! So what is the reason?
I've had to email the letting agents back and query how much of a deposit we've already paid and they do know that the furniture doesn't belong to the landlord right? They know he's asking for an extra £200 because of the floors and walls? Also £200 just doesn't grow on trees... I've got my money tied up for the foreseeable future and it doesn't allow for that kind of additional expenditure.
I don't see Sean agreeing to the extra deposit either, I don't think he even really agrees to having a kitten in the first place - he was fairly clear with the conditions, if I wanted a cat then I look after the cat - like I was a child. We work a lot and I'm out of the house more than he is, which means the cat would need both of us looking after it - he also doesn't take into account the fact that I tidy up our flat as it is - inclusive of the mess he makes. I think the only reason Sean agreed in the first place was a "shut Sophie up" tactic, which makes me sad.
I fear my want for a pet maybe a lost cause... which also makes me sad.