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The suggestion (eg Jenrick) that landlords should be utterly relaxed about pets is shortsighted and another threat and attempt to provide council housing terms on the cheap by private landlords.
Landlords should insist on a certificate of responsible dog/pet ownership by a recognised body, periodically updated as required, and tenants should have passed this course on signing in.
The effect of noise and shared areas/ garden should be the responsibility of the pet owner with sufficiently regular decontamination as per risk. Then pet tenants should be made aware that the next tenant may be allergic to cat and dog hairs etc, this can cause anaphalaxis and respiratory failure, so the existing pet owner should have ALL the carpets and floor covering changed and the place disinfected at the end of the tenancy.
Funds for this should be handed over to the landlord months before vacation, preferably at the start of the tenancy, so that prompt arrangements are possible. So what is good for the landlord (proper risk assessment and action) is good for the tenant.
All this being done, pets may then be allowed in proven cases. Remember landlords, if you do not do all of this YOU may be sued for breach of health and safety by the incoming tenant or the existing neighbours, or the peak caps in the councils.
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