Landlords are under pressure to keep their rental houses in good condition and to accept tenants with pets without making any exceptions. For people with young children or pets, this is a breath of fresh air because landlords frequently do not want them in their run-down properties.
With landlords being required to permit tenants to have dogs, “The Renters’ Reform Bill” will cause the most significant upheaval to the private rental sector in the UK in thirty years.
Soon, landlords will be compelled to permit pet ownership by tenants in their rental properties. It is believed to be the biggest shake-up of the private rental sector in 30 years and is a part of “The Renters’ Reform Bill.” According to a government source, “Our new agreement for renters” would not only extend the decent homes standard to the private renting sector, but it will also grant tenants the legal right to keep a pet if they so choose.
In addition, it will forbid “no-fault” evictions, eliminate fixed-term rentals, and hold landlords responsible for the condition of the property.
Renters won’t have to move unless there is a compelling cause to do so thanks to the planned ban on fixed-term leases and the adoption of open-ended contracts in their place. Abolition of the so-called “no-fault” Section 21 evictions, which permit the eviction of renters without cause, is also planned. If landlords fail to maintain dwellings in livable shape, they will be required to reimburse rent.
Only 5-7 percent of landlords promoted themselves as “pet-friendly” in 2021, when there were 4.43 million private tenants.
Why was it previously prohibited for private renters, who made up 4.43 million individuals in the UK in 2021, to have pets in their homes? Let’s take note of the fact that pets’ main problem is “mythical.” According to them, there is a misconception that dogs and cats are completely destructive, running around biting on and scratching up things. With 50% of UK residents owning a pet, what right does a landlord or freeholder have to ask you to leave your “fur babies” behind?
According to a survey, 38% of pet owners “did not feel comfortable approaching their landlord for approval,” and 33% reported having trouble finding a rental property.
One in five pet owners reported having thought about relocating and giving up their animal. In 2021, only 5-7% of landlords declared their rental homes to be pet-friendly. The charitable organization Cats Protection has fought to amend these regulations. More than a million households would like to keep cats but are unable to do so because they rent.
The Bill is intended to prevent landlords from imposing blanket prohibitions on pets, children, or anybody receiving welfare.
Landlords must have a valid justification before they can deny a tenant’s request to keep a pet in their residence. Tenants will have the authority to appeal their decisions when they do so. Additionally, landlords will need to ask for insurance to pay for any potential pet-related damage.
Michael Gove, the housing secretary, plans to give landlords the authority to ask for insurance to cover any possible harm brought on by dogs.
Landlords have welcomed reports that the government has reacted favorably to requests for requiring pet owners to conduct safety and health inspections on their animals. According to the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), the insurance would shield landlords from the dangers that animals provide.
The National Residential Landlords Association asserts that while determining the kinds of housing appropriate for a pet, a “common-sense approach” is required.
Communities Secretary Greg Norris asserts that in shared housing, pet owners’ rights must be balanced with those of other renters. The quality of life for individuals who must pay 8.3% more in rent—the biggest price increase in 13 years—will be improved as a result. The number of persons looking for a home to rent has increased significantly since the beginning of the year—by 76 percent—compared to the same period between 2018 and 2021.
It appears to be the first significant move in the right direction, leading to more inclusivity and a higher standard of living.
The number of properties available for rent in January was 39 percent lower than it usually is at the beginning of the year, indicating that the higher demand has not been met by an increase in supply. Rent prices have increased as a result of the scarcity of rental properties, as has competition for available ones.
We are eager to watch where this bill goes and how it is implemented; perhaps it will spur reform in more nations.
Even though there is still a long way to go and the cost of living is continuing to grow, at least we will be able to hug our pet animals close to us as the globe burns.