Cuddly Corbyn wants to give tenants the right to keep pets

by Neil Patterson

10:36 AM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Cuddly Corbyn wants to give tenants the right to keep pets

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Cuddly Corbyn wants to give tenants the right to keep pets

In an effort to win over animal loving votes the Labour party wants to give tenants a default right to keep pets in their rented home.

Landlords can only refuse permission under the 2015 Consumer Rights Act if it is reasonable to do so, for reasons such as the animal’s size, possible damage and impact on future rental demand.

However, Labour want landlords to have to prove the pet will be a nuisance before keeping it can be refused. Therefore, this would stop landlords being able to advertise properties with a no pet policy.

The plans also include giving low income earners help with vets bills!

Labour shadow environment secretary, Sue Hayman, said: “People shouldn’t be denied the joy of keeping a pet just because they can’t afford a home of their own. For the majority of people under 30 buying a home is sadly less and less an affordable option.

“I believe the five million households who are forced to rent really shouldn’t be denied the joy of keeping a pet. Pets are not only good company, but they can also help reduce stress in their owners.

“So we want to consult with landlords to see if we can give tenants the default right to keep a pet in their home, so long as they’re not a nuisance. It’s important we don’t just design policies for those fortunate enough to own a home and we reflect the needs of the many, not the few.”

The NLA’s, Richard Lambert, said: “Around half of landlords say they are reluctant to allow renters to keep pets due to a perceived added risk of damage to the property, and the increased costs of repair at the end of a tenancy.

“You can’t take a blanket approach to keeping or refusing pets. The NLA has consistently supported schemes that encourage landlords to take on pet owners, such as the Dog’s Trust’s ‘Lets With Pets’, but landlords should have a right to refuse permission so long as they justify their decision.

“For example, common properties in the PRS, such as high rise flats or those without gardens, may simply not be suitable for keeping some animals nor beneficial to their welfare.”

In addition to the last comment by Richard some leasehold property covenants preclude keeping pets in the building.

A Property118 reader commented on the news that “I automatically turn down anyone who wants just a room and has a cat. Many people have allergies. It must be a non-starter in HMOs.”



Comments

Mark Alexander

16:22 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by David Lawrenson at 14/02/2018 - 15:59
They key is seeing them in their exist home, or having somebody you truly trust to visit their existing home.

Check the area the per sleeps, scratches on doors, the gardens and talk to the neighbours about them. If all that checks out and there are no other obvious problems then you have probably found a tenant who will stay for a very long time. Isn’t that what we all want?

Actually, I don’t know why I’m sharing this. I have a great little niche almost completely to myself. Nearly all of my tenants who rent houses have pets from me and they respect the property, pay their rent on time and respect their neighbours. Best of all, I have virtually no tenant turnover, but perhaps that’s because everybody else discriminated against pets as opposed to being open minded.

Damn Corbyn for ruining my niche market where I get the pick of the bunch!

Martin Roberts

16:36 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Pionts well made by those happy to take pets, but that's mostly people renting out family houses with gardens.

Very different if you have flats to let.

Mark Alexander

16:39 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Martin Roberts at 14/02/2018 - 16:36
Half of my properties are flats, hence my very first tongue in cheek post about a tenant whose home is a flat suing her Landlord for saying no to her having a pony

Denise G

16:45 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 14/02/2018 - 10:17
I did know that (my daughter reminds me constantly). I believe it's a throwback to WWII and is a part of the Allotment Act designed to enable householders to feed themselves?

Mark Alexander

16:59 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by D D at 14/02/2018 - 16:45
Gold star for you Mrs D

Denise G

17:02 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 14/02/2018 - 16:22We too often allow pets with our consent because so many landlords don't and we can often that way get good tenants who can find nowhere else to rent with their pets.
The one bad experience we have had was with a tenant who it transpired, at our first Landlord Visit actually owned a LARGE dog (and probably a cat too - if the TINY basket under her TV was a clue - which she denied) who was/were already in situ (in our TINY one bed bungalow) with no consents sought or given.
It seemed churlish at the time to make too much of a fuss as she'd been there for a while by then with no apparent damage - so we simply added a clause to her TA around her paying any additional cleaning costs etc if required at the end of her tenancy.
Far more crucially she was subsequently 'dobbed in' by our CH engineer who, when he went to fix her boiler, informed us that in his opinion she also by that time had her adult daughter + her b/friend and their new baby living there PLUS their 3 adult Yorkshire Terriers and a litter of 7 puppies (remember this was all in a TINY one bedroom bunglaow!), who between them it transpired had already trashed the front garden, all of the skirting boards in the kitchen, the bottom of every internal doors in the property and all of the carpets!
She was then of course given notice to leave and eventually did so - owing her last months rent and of course the cost of repairing the considerable amounts of damage done, leaving us with a large shortfall outside of the amount of the deposit held!
All of that of course occurred without any consent of any kind to keep pets being given before her tenancy commenced.

Rod

17:12 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

'WELL ON THIS PLANET' my last tenants 'never' put the bin out and left around 50 bin bags full of house waste and 'dog do', when dogs weren't allowed! I felt like dumping it on 'you know who's' door step and would he shift it? ERR I don't think so!

James Noble

17:12 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Mark, I agree that a large property with umpteen bedrooms is likely to attract a middle-class family who keep the obligatory Labrador, and will have a large garden in which the animal can be exercised. Flats? Surely not. Most dogs do need regular exercise and flats do not even have grounds large enough to accommodate a dog. The problem of noise comes into the equation as well. I have allowed dogs in the past. 'One small pet' ended up as six rescued dogs, complaints from neighbours, and visits by Council Officers. Another ended up with a large beast that was not exercised correctly (some folk may be having a snack as they read....) and the small shared garden became unusable by anyone else. No, never again. (I almost added 'once bitten...')

Mark Alexander

17:16 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James Noble at 14/02/2018 - 17:12
I completely agree with you James. I am an animal lover, which means I also have strong views on who should be allowed to keep animals and the conditions they live in. Flats are completely unsuitable for most fury animals and especially dogs in my opinion. If owners have to leave dogs all day that also a no no in my opinion

Anne Noon

17:31 PM, 14th February 2018
About 2 years ago

I love dogs , but after my experiences with permitting tenants in with "well behaved" dogs , I will no longer do so. 6 ir 8 weeks deposit is nothing when yoye properties are trashed. After a lady with 7 children trashed a newly built house and I had to evict her, she left me 15000 short. No chance of getting the money back, I then let my house to a "professional couple" who passed all referencing and allowed them a dog. It was to remain downstairs, with a stairgate. They did a runner owing rent and when I went back into the property, the whole house stank of faeces and urine. No amount of scrubbing and carpet cleaning coyld eliminate it.I had to take up all the floor boards downstairs and re-lay the floors . Which meant all the skirting boards had to be taken off and doors resized. All the newly replaced carpets and underlay had to be stripped out and relaid. The new decking was all fouled and the garden trashed. I was another 15000 down. Again , despite ccj 's against them , I have never had a penny back from them . A few months later another landlord phoned me up to say they had done exactly the same to him.
Jeremy Corbyn is trying to destroy the PRS. I support him on some issues, bur he does not seem to have a grasp on tge realities of tenants who work away from home who have pets. So about 35 to 40000 of damage from tenants with pets. I will not have them any more!!

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