A ginger group that supports the Labour party says the government’s bid to stop pet bans is meaningless and does not inconvenience landlords.
Left Foot Forward - a Labour-supporting online blog - carries a lead article saying: “Don’t believe the hype, the Tories are not making landlords accept pets.”
The article says Labour had a similar policy in its 2019 General Election manifesto that has now been taken by the newly-elected government, but is put forward in a way that is “so weak it’s meaningless so as not to inconvenience landlords.”
The blog goes on to say: “The government will alter the Model Tenancy Agreement which is a template designed to be used by landlords for their contracts with tenants, so that it allows pets … The only problem is that changing the Model Tenancy Agreement is pointless – hardly any landlords use it. Even if they do, they can just change the bit about pets.”
So far the Labour party has made no official comment on the surprise announcement at the weekend by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that it would seek to stop landlords from automatically banning tenants from keeping pets in privately rented properties.
The current default tenancy agreement states that “the tenant must not keep any pets or other animals at the property without the prior written consent of the landlord which must not be unreasonably withheld.”
The revised tenancy will be published later this year says the MHCLG.
The Residential Landlords Association has told its members that this initial action by the government does not make it a legally binding requirement for landlords to accept pets, and that landlords still hold the right to refuse tenants with pets.
You can see more details of the government's announcement on the issue here.