by Mick Roberts
13:34 PM, 2nd September 2021, About 10 months ago 18
This shows how backwards and imbecilic this Government, Generation Rent and Shelter are. They called for the banning of an extra £100 to £200 deposit etc. for tenants with pets, so the government banned Landlords from charging an extra deposit for pets.
Now they want us to charge extra again, as tenants with pets are struggling to get homes. We told ’em this would happen.
Unbelievable! – Wasn’t this how we used to do it till the Govt & Generation Rent wrecked it for renters?
“They are calling for the legislation, which is the main barrier to solving the ‘lets with pets’ challenge, to be amended to enable agents and landlords to either charge tenants a pet deposit or require a tenant to take out specialist insurance.
“New data in a report being published today, ‘Heads for Tails’ by pet charity AdvoCATS, finds that almost one in five landlords who previously allowed pets in rented accommodation have stopped doing so since the passage of the Tenant Fees Act in 2019.
This is because, as the report explains, “the Act effectively prohibits landlords from asking for pet damage insurance and it fails to include a separate pet deposit as part of its list of permitted payments”.
My repeated notes on this:
Gees, how simple was it when we could just charge higher deposit and those that did no damage got all money back. So so simple.
No better insurance than the tenants own money.
Now look what Shelter and Generation Rent and the Govt have done. They have made it MUCH MUCH worse for tenants yet again.
My text below I’ve done before:
Landlords: pets are okay if you pay for extra insurance to cover any damage.
Gov: in that case we will make it illegal to charge extra insurance.
LLs: well then we will have to slightly increase deposits for those with pets.
Gov: in that case we will cap deposits at 5 weeks rent.
LLs: okay well we can’t really allow pets anymore then.
Gov: in that case we will force you to take tenants with pets.
LLs: well then we have no choice but to increase rent across the board even for tenants without pets.
Tenants: why is rent so high??
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