In a surprising announcement, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick intends to overhaul the tenancy agreement to make ieasier for tenants to have pets in their rented accommodation.
Here’s how Property Industry Eye reported the statement:
Robert Jenrick 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.
The ministry claims that currently only around seven per cent of rental properties are advertised as suitable for pets, meaning many people struggle to find a home suitable for themselves and their animals.
“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” says the statement.
“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” it continues.
But it says 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 Jenrick adds: “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.”
At Professional Properties, we have been campaigning for a long time for more landlords to allow pets in their rental properties.
Tenants with pets are often dismissed out of hand by landlords who are worried about potential damage to their property.
This is very understandable. However, opening up your property to tenants with pets will maximise its rental potential and by excluding pet owners, you are missing out on a huge part of the rental market.
In some circumstances it’s a definite ‘No’! An agreement on a leasehold property may state that pets are not allowed. Consideration should also be given to the type of property in question. Does its age size accommodate pets properly. A large dog in a brand new, fully furnished property is probably not a good idea.
Almost half of the UK population own a pet accepting pets into your property may well be advantageous.
Increase demand for your property. With so few pet friendly properties out there, they are much sought after and may command higher than usual rents.
Encourage tenants to stay longer. Pet owners know how difficult it can be to find pet friendly rental properties and are more likely to have a longer tenancy.
Attract responsible tenants. Pet owners often take much more care of their home so not to jeopardise their tenancy making them ideal tenants!
So, why is it that many landlords instinctively say they do not want pets due to the possibility of damage or noise? Landlords instantly reject tenants with pets when they apply for property. Is it really a sensible approach?