Here is an extract on the never ending issue of “Tenant pets” with yet another attempt at fixing the law on pets in the PRS.
If this rubbish ever gets passed I can see some tenants taking it to the extreme of a Crocodile on a dog lead , haha!
I for one will resist allowing pets … what’s your views??
The bill is due to have its Second Reading on the 29th January.
David Alexander, the joint chief executive officer of apropos by DJ Alexander, said: “This is a time of year when many people consider buying a pet as a present but for the millions of people in the private rented sector (PRS) this is not an option.
“Many landlords oppose the idea of allowing tenants to have pets as they fear their property will be damaged, may develop an unpleasant odour, and will decline in value.”
“Clearly there can be issues with inappropriate pet owners, but most people are responsible and regard their rented property as their home.
“They would be unlikely to want to live in a home damaged or destroyed by a wayward pet but there are steps that can be taken to ensure this doesn’t happen and if it does, then the landlord is covered.”
The bill proposes that tenants be allowed to have pets if they can demonstrate that they are “responsible owners” with a checklist of conditions to verify this which include a vet’s confirmation of vaccinations, spaying or neutering, that the animal is free of parasites and has been properly trained.
If these conditions are met, and the property is suitable, then it would be assumed that the tenant could have a pet.
Alexander added: “The last year has shown that people now, more than ever, regard having a good home as the most important part of their life. They want to feel comfortable; they want to feel safe, and they want to surround themselves with the things that make them happiest.
“Often this means having a pet. The Kennel Club published a report which said that 40% of puppies bought this year were as a “covid companion” and two thirds of new dog owners said their pet was a lifeline during lockdown.