Renting with pets?

Responsible tenants in England with well-behaved pets will be able to secure leases more easily through a new standard tenancy agreement, which is good news for the 40% of households who currently own pets.

Consent for pets will be the default position, and landlords will now have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request and provide a valid reason.

This is likely to affect a huge number of landlords and tenants as currently only 7% of private landlords advertise their properties as pet friendly.

This change looks to reduce the number of pets needing rehoming when their owners move home. According to the PFMA, 10% of pet owners who gave up their dogs had done so because landlords didn’t allow pets.

If you’d like to know more about this change and how it could affect you as a tenant or landlord then speak to your property manager or local branch for more information.

Sources: GOV.UK & LetswithPets

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