“The lack of pet-friendly rented accommodation is a serious problem – to a landlord it’s their house, but to a tenant it’s their family home, so surely it’s only right – humane even – that responsible pet owners aren’t denied their furry family, just because they can’t afford to get on the property ladder. Change is long overdue, and will benefit thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people.” Jen Berezai, Co-founder AdvoCATS
In October 2020, MP Andrew Rosindell launched his bid to ban blanket No Pets clauses in rental contracts. His private member’s bill dubbed Jasmine’s Law sailed through its first reading, but then fell victim to the early 2021 lockdown and never reached its second reading.
What it did do, was highlight the huge problem that renters face trying to find accommodation that will accept their pets. With the country still reeling from the effects of lockdown on our day to day lives, suddenly loneliness, isolation and pet companionship featured much more strongly on the nation’s radar.
As part of Andrew’s campaign, AdvoCATS researched pet damage insurance options for both landlords and tenants, and compiled our “Heads for Tails” report – click here to download a copy. With a lot of networking and sheer brass neck, (and under Loobie’s supervision!) we started to engage with key players in the rescue/welfare/rental sectors, and discovered a genuine desire for change, but in order to be sustainable, that change had to be fair to all parties involved.
With the full backing of Andrew’s office, we’re taking our report’s recommendations : to amend the Tenant Fees Act 2019’s List of Permitted Payments to include a landlord’s right to stipulate that pet damage insurance must be held and, as an alternative, to reintroduce some scope for a landlord to charge a capped pet deposit, right to the heart of government – so watch this space!
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