10:55 AM, 19th February 2021, About 3 years ago 20
The government have decided to allow people to have pets whether or not the landlord agrees with this: “The government has released its latest standard model tenancy agreement to cater for responsible tenants with well-behaved pets. Under the new Model Tenancy Agreement, announced by Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, landlords will no longer be able to issue blanket bans on pets. Instead, consent for pets will be the default position, and landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason.” Click here for the article
This rather foolish policy is going to lead to some very high bills for a landlord who is forced to have an animal like a cat or dog in their property without the tenant being in a position to clean the property or repair furniture damage after the animal leaves.
I have 2 animals in particular in mind here. Cats and dogs. Cats can damage furniture, spray a property and leave all the carpets covered in dander. Dogs can have a similar effect and can damage furniture badly.
Some tenants are extremely sensitive to cat or dog allergens. They may insist on the replacement of carpets or the redecoration of the house. This is a particular issue with cats.
Two of my tenants have asked to have a cat. I have asked them to guarantee that they will return my property to a “cat-free” standard after they leave. They suggested I use the deposit. The issue with this is that their deposit is low – 5 weeks rent thank you Tories- and comes nowhere near to replacing damaged furniture, replacing carpets or redecorating the house. Nor will the deposit pay for an allergic tenant who may arrive say a year later and then begin have these problems.
My tenants have offered to get a furniture insurance policy. This has a maximum damage level of £800. This very low compared to buying new furniture.
Has anyone here got the name of a company that can provide good insurance for pet damage?
Does anyone here charge an amount for “pet rent” to tenants?
Does anyone know a company that will clean a house after a cat or dog has left to remove all traces of allergens?
I would love to email the MP who suggested this scheme and ask them for some answers. Does anyone know who it was?