On 28th January this year, the Government issued a new template for the Model Tenancy Agreement containing a necessary amendment for tenants who want to keep pets. This is the recommended contract that landlords should use, and the rule change now allows tenants to own a pet if they wish to.
Why has the standard tenancy agreement changed?
In making this change, the Government aims to end the blanket ban on well-behaved pets owned by responsible tenants, making it easier for them to move into a home of their choice.
The British, as a nation, are famous for being animal lovers, but there has been a considerable shortage of pet-friendly houses and apartments to rent up until now. Currently, just 7% of private landlords allow pets, and this has meant that some tenants chose to give up much-loved family pets when they moved home.
Can my landlord refuse a pet in the property?
The new Model Tenancy Agreement is a guideline rather than a legally binding contract.
The landlord has 28 days to object to a tenant’s written request to own a pet, but the Government insists that any objection can only be for “a good reason.” Reasons might include the property being too small to accommodate a large pet.
What risks do I run by keeping a pet in rented accommodation?
You will be entirely responsible for your pet’s behaviour and any damage it causes. Noise can also be an issue, as a dog that constantly barks or howls will cause disturbance to neighbours.
The Government’s recent announcement clarifies that owners have a legal duty to pay for the damage caused by misbehaving pets. Hence, it’s important to choose a pet that is appropriate for the property you are renting.
Will I pay more for pet-friendly properties to rent?
The Tenant Fees Act of 2019, deposits are now capped at five weeks’ rent; however, the landlord could seek to offset any possible financial losses resulting from pet damage by raising the rent.
At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co, we can offer a wide range of outstanding luxury properties for rent in London. As experienced letting agents in London, we will be happy to help you find suitable pet-friendly properties, and we can also advise on how much rent you should expect to pay. Why not call us today to discuss your next home move?
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