Pets allowed in rented homes?

Pets allowed in rented homes

Housing Secretary tries to convince landlords to accept responsible pet owners as tenants. This would be the main reason behind a recent announcement of the model tenancy agreement overhaul. Will pets be allowed in rented homes?

As recent study shows, only 7% of landlords are willing to accept tenants with pets. This has been a problem to many renting families who have been struggling to find a suitable accommodation. Pet owners believe it is unfair that many landlords are not allowing their tenants to benefit from the joys of having a pet.

As a result, the government has announced a revision to the model tenancy agreement, which many landlords use as the basis of rent agreements made with tenants and then adapt to their specific circumstances. This is to encourage landlords to accept responsible pet owners with well-behaved pets.

Housing Secretary said:

“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.”

Will pets be allowed in rented homes?

However, the revised model contract will not force landlords to accept pets. Where necessary; for example, in smaller properties, the ban on pets will still apply as not all properties are suitable for tenants with pets. All in all, it will still be the landlord’s decision to consider allowing well-behaved pets in their property.

A revised model tenancy agreement will be published by the government this year.

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