Fewer than 7 per cent of landlords currently advertise their properties as suitable for pets, but this could be set to change under new government legislation.
Today (Saturday, January 4), Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick called on landlords to allow more responsible tenants to keep beloved pets in their homes.
New figures show more young people and families are living in rented accommodation for longer than ever before, and Mr Jenrick said they should be able to enjoy the happiness of owning a pet.
The government’s model tenancy contracts will now have less restrictions on pet ownership, shifting the balance of power from landlords to responsible tenants who have a right to keep pets.
They said total bans on renters with pets should only be implemented where there is good reason, such as in smaller properties or flats where owning a pet could be impractical.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Pets bring a huge amount of joy and comfort to people’s lives, helping their owner’s through difficult times and improving their mental and physical well being.
“So, it’s a shame that thousands of animal-loving tenants and their children can’t experience this because they rent their homes instead of owning property
“So, I’m overhauling our model tenancy contract to encourage more landlords to consider opening their doors to responsible pet owners.
“And we will be listening to tenants and landlords to see what more we can do to tackle this issue in a way that is fair to both.
“This is part of this new government’s mission to improve life for tenants, recognising that more are renting and for longer in life.
Source: Essex Live
Author: Vicky Castle
Date: 6th of January 2020