Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is pushing for landlords to allow responsible tenants to keep well behaved pets in their homes. He will be removing restrictions in the government’s model tenancy contracts for renters, which can be used as the basis of lease agreements and a revised agreement will be published this year.
The press release describes how currently only 7% of landlords advertise homes as being suitable for pets and with more people renting this should hopefully increase the options available for those who have pets. The government highlight that properties of landlords should be protected from damage caused by pets but there should be a balance so that responsible pet owners are not penalised. Complete bans should only be applicable where there is good reason, such as in smaller properties or flats where having a pet would be impractical.
Read the press release here.