Abigail MeadowJanuary 7th
2020

Anyone who's been looking for a new property to rent with an animal in tow, knows how difficult it could be to get a landlord on board with a fluffy pet roaming around.

Only 7% of landlords allow tenants with pets and with more people, including families having to rent due to soaring house prices, lots of tenants are having to give up their furry friends to secure accommodation.

Well, we've got some good news for you, this could all be about to change thanks to new measures ordered by the government.

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On January 4th, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick called for changes in model tenancy agreements to encourage landlords to allow well behaved pets in their homes.

Mr Jenrick said: "Pets bring a huge amount of joy and comfort to people's lives, helping their owners through difficult times and improving their mental and physical wellbeing.

"It's a shame thousands of animal-loving tenants and their children can't experience this because they rent their homes instead of owning, so I'm overhauling our model tenancy contract." 

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The changes are part of the new measures rolled out by the Conservative government aimed at renters.

Currently, the reccommendations aren't legally binding and landlords don't have to follow them. However, if landlords continue to impose restrictions on well-behaved pets there may be a new law put in place.

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A press statement from the Housing Secretary reads: "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."

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