The National Residential Landlords Association has called for flexibility from government when it comes to insisting private rental sector properties have pet-friendly tenancies.
“We recognise the importance of pets in providing companionship especially to those living on their own. However, pets are not always suitable in certain properties such as large dogs in small flats without gardens. There is often more a risk of damage to a property where there is a pet” says the association.
“We call on the government to enable the level at which deposits are set to be more flexible to reflect this greater risk” it continues.
“We are also calling for a tenant to either have pet insurance or to pay the landlord for it to be allowed as a requirement for a tenancy where relevant. At present payments such as this are banned under the Tenant Fees Act.”
The NRLA is emphasising to its members and all landlords that the move last week by the government to revise its model tenancy agreement does not make such agreements compulsory to use.
The government’s version includes consent for pets as the default position, meaning landlords who opt to use this type of tenancy agreement are no longer able to issue blanket bans on pets.
Under the government version of a tenancy agreement, landlords will be required to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason for this.
The government says landlords should only make a rejection where there is good reason, such as in smaller properties or flats where owning a pet could be impractical. Tenants will continue to have a legal duty to repair or cover the cost of any damage to the property.
The NRLA has a series of different tenancy agreements which its members can download from the association website.
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