Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

by News Team

8:43 AM, 4th January 2020
About A year ago

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

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Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

Out of the Blue the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has called on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes as he announced an overhaul of the model tenancy contracts.

The Press Statement says:

More young people and families than ever before are renting and should be able to enjoy the happiness that a pet can bring to their lives. However, currently only around 7% of landlords advertise homes as suitable for pets, meaning many people struggle to find a home suitable for themselves and their pets.

Some renters have been forced to give up their pets all together simply because they have been unable to move into a rented property with one.

But the government’s model tenancy contracts for renters, which can be used as the basis of lease agreements made with tenants, will now be revised to remove restrictions on well behaved pets – to ensure more landlords are catering for responsible pet owners wherever possible.

The government is clear there should be a balance with responsible pet owners not being penalised and landlords being more flexible in their approach, and it is right that landlords’ properties should be protected from damage by badly behaved pets.

But total bans on renters with pets should only be implemented where there is good reason, such as in smaller properties or flats where owning a pet could be impractical.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Pets bring a huge amount of joy and comfort to people’s lives, helping their owner’s through difficult times and improving their mental and physical wellbeing. So, it’s a shame that thousands of animal-loving tenants and their children can’t experience this because they rent their homes instead of owning property.

“So, I’m overhauling our model tenancy contract to encourage more landlords to consider opening their doors to responsible pet owners. And we will be listening to tenants and landlords to see what more we can do to tackle this issue in a way that is fair to both.

“This is part of this new government’s mission to improve life for tenants, recognising that more are renting and for longer in life. We’ve already taken action, banning unfair letting fees and capping tenancy deposits, saving tenants across England at least £240 million a year, and I will continue to take more steps to secure a better deal for renters up and down the country.”

Further information

The government will be bringing forward a bill to update the relationship between tenants and landlords as well as to introduce a Lifetime Deposit scheme, to make moving between properties easier and cheaper.

We will also establish First Home, a new programme for first time buyers, enabling them to purchase a new build property in their local area at a 30% discount.

The national model tenancy agreement is the government’s recommended contract for landlords to use when signing on new tenants for their properties in England. It sets out the minimum requirements and can be altered by landlords to cater for specific circumstances, tenants or properties.

A revised model tenancy agreement will be published by the government this year.


Gillian Schifreen

9:08 AM, 18th January 2020
About A year ago

I have several properties in the SE which could be described as more up market. I actively encourage pet owners as tenants. As it's difficult to find nice big pet friendly houses my tenants tend to stay a very long time.

And I actually send shelter dogs from Portugal to the UK, and cunningly many of my tenants and their family members have adopted these dogs. I know the dogs so I'm not concerned and it means my tenants have no chance of escape (joke people).

James Noble

9:14 AM, 18th January 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Gillian Schifreen at 18/01/2020 - 09:08
Hi Gillian, Are there not enough unwanted dogs in the UK for you to adopt without having to bring more in from abroad? I assume you live or have a holiday home in Portugal. Sorry, I am not convinced about dogs in my flats, certainly not after the experiences I've had with them. James

Deborah Clare

18:07 PM, 19th January 2020
About A year ago

I will shortly have a property available for a family without pets. I used to accept dogs but every time, it has ended up causing me problems, so I won't anymore. I'm getting ready for the enquiries from prospective tenants who will argue that the law has changed and that I must accept pets. So many tenants already seem to think this is the case and are commenting on Social Media to that effect. It's the same with DSS. I have now stopped saying I won't accept benefits but use the Rent on Time service which rules out most benefit applicants anyway due to insufficient income. If we are forced to accept pets, there will always be other tenants to choose instead so I don't think we will have to take pets we don't agree with.

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