PJB

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Sunday 15th April 2018


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PJB

21:31 PM, 29th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Government expects pets to ‘act in a tenant like manner’?

Reply to the comment left by Jessie Jones at 29/03/2021 - 20:15
The landlord is free to set whatever rent he/she wishes. The landlord is entitled to give a rebate to a tenant for all sorts of reasons e.g. use of off street parking, disturbance by tradespeople, anything!
It has nothing to do with the deposit except that the maximum deposit that could be charged could go up slightly because of the higher rent. However this should be avoided since it could be argued in court that the rebate idea was devised to increase the deposit rather than its real intention of amicably allowing tenants to keep pets.... Read More

PJB

12:44 PM, 29th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Government expects pets to ‘act in a tenant like manner’?

Reply to the comment left by Annette Smith Lettings at 29/03/2021 - 12:34
Thank you. You have nicely summed up the dilemma.
Until pet damage insurance cover becomes more widely available, the idea of charging a higher initial rent coupled with (local) rebates for acceptable pet behaviour seems to be the most acceptable solution for all concerned.... Read More

PJB

12:31 PM, 29th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Government expects pets to ‘act in a tenant like manner’?

Reply to the comment left by Richie at 29/03/2021 - 12:26
The problem will be if the tenant revokes or fails to renew the insurance. What can the landlord do other than threaten the eviction process. The reports of evictions costing £10,000 or more and taking upwards of a year is a very heavy price to pay.... Read More

PJB

12:18 PM, 29th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Government expects pets to ‘act in a tenant like manner’?

Reply to the comment left by Annette Smith Lettings at 29/03/2021 - 11:46
I don't think so. It would be seen as an additional charge connected to the tenancy which is now prohibited. It is the reason why it needs to be planned for ahead of time and included as part of the rent. Any (local) rebate for acceptable pet behaviour can be negotiated with the tenant as and when necessary.... Read More

PJB

10:24 AM, 27th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Government expects pets to ‘act in a tenant like manner’?

Reply to the comment left by Jessie Jones at 27/03/2021 - 10:02
Your experiences highlight a very important flaw in governmental thinking. Not only are landlords not allowed take extra deposits for pets that don't behave in a 'pet (tenant) like manner' but there is no mechanism to reclaim costs should future disasters occur after permission has been reasonably given to the tenant to keep a pet reasonably assuming there will little chance of a disaster.
Currently, I think the only way to alleviate the burden is to purchase specialist pet damage insurance which will , of course, have to be paid for by the landlord!... Read More