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Finally, your pets can feel at home!

April 25, 2023

For some of us, home is not the same without them. For landlords, they can become a worry particularly when it comes to damage. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, the law will change soon. And this comes as a welcome relief for those tenants struggling to find affordable accommodation. As things stand currently, there is a blanket ban on pets in residential properties. That means landlords can refuse pets without justification.

Renter’s Reform Bill
On the cards since 2019 and soon to become law, the Renters Reform Bill aims to improve conditions and rights for millions of renters in the UK, including pets!

The Dogs and Domestic Animals Act proposes
• Blanket bans on pets living with tenants are to be outlawed.
• Certification of the person responsible for the pet.
• Dogs must be microchipped and vaccinated.
• Dogs must also respond to commands.

Landlords can refuse your pet if:
• You don’t have a vet’s certificate for your pet.
• You are unable to take care of your pet.
• The welfare of the animal is threatened by keeping it on the property.
• If your animal is a nuisance or causes danger to others.
• Your landlord holds a certificate of exemption.

Lack of clarity!
There are still a lot of unknowns and things to work out, for example, on issues such as: Will this apply to all pets? Will the tenant be obliged to get pet insurance? The general process if a landlord refuses to accommodate your pet and a formal process of appeal.

When does this come into effect?
The house of parliament has been deliberating over this bill since 2019, delayed somewhat thanks to COVID. The bill is now becoming law. The exact date has not been released yet, but it’s expected to be later in 2023.

Your pet
Sadly, many pets have been given away or taken into care due to tenants being unable to take care of them. Finding affordable, pet-friendly places to live is a challenge.

Tenants
Many tenants will be thrilled to hear this news. The emotional impact of being forced to give away your best friend is truly devastating. Many landlords are pet owners themselves, so the better-behaved your pet, the better! And pet insurance will show your potential landlord that you are a responsible pet owner with a low damage risk.

Landlords
This bill protects landlords while protecting the rights of your tenants. If you are a landlord, it’s only right that you want to protect your investment. The last thing you want is your tenant’s furry friend ruining your renovated flat! Like many reforms, these changes will help you enforce some ground rules where before there were none.

A happy beginning for all!
With this legislation in place, the landlord-tenant-pet relationship will improve life and conditions for all, allowing everyone to live happily ever after!

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