Fantasising about being able to get your first doggo, but stuck in a flat with a tenancy agreement that doesn’t allow pets? Well, landlords will soon be formed to allow tenants the legal right to have pets in their rented homes – yey!
If you’ve always dreamed of having a dog or a cat this new major shakeup on allowing landlords to have blanket bans on ‘no pets’ in rented accommodation according to The Telegraph.
That’s right! Your dream of being welcomed home after a hard day by a waggy tail and zoomies is becoming a reality. Pets are seen to improve people’s quality of life, and for a longtime people have had to make the hard decision between renting and keeping their companions.
The Daily Mail was told by a government source that: “Not only will our new deal for renters extend the decent homes standard to the private rented sector, we’ll also give tenants a legal right to have a pet if they wish.
“Would-be pet owners are being unfairly deprived of the company and companionship of an animal by their landlords – so we’ll change the law to end this unfairness.”
The government’s new white paper sets out plans that will prevent landlords from placing blanket bans on children, pets, or people on benefits renting their property on those grounds.
MP Andrew Rosindell, the sponsor of the Dogs and Domestic Animals Accommodation Protection Bill, says: “For most people, being separated from their dog is no different from being separated from their brother or sister”
“Sadly, pet owners who move into rented accommodation face the reality that their family could be torn apart, because most landlords in Britain have unnecessary bans or restrictions on pets ownership.”
Michael Gove, the Levelling Up and Housing Secretary is set to give landlords the power to ask for insurance cover so any potential damage caused by pets would help them – as the 2019 Tenant Fees Act caps maximum deposits at five weeks’ rent.
Chris Norris, of the NRLA, said: “Our biggest concern has always been that the law, as it currently stands, prevents landlords requiring insurance to cover the significant risk of pets creating damage to a property.
“We welcome reports that the Government has listened and responded positively to our concerns.”
Also, the ‘no fault’ Section 21 evictions are also set to be abolished under the new law, which allows property investors to remove tenants without reason.
Gove also said: “For too long many private renters have been at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords who fail to repair homes and let families live in damp, unsafe and cold properties, with the threat of unfair ‘no fault’ evictions orders hanging over them.
“Our new deal for renters will help to end this injustice by improving the rights and conditions for millions of renters as we level up across the country and deliver on the people’s priorities.”