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Agents give new warning on costs of pets in rental property

ARLA Propertymark has waded into the growing controversy over pets being allowed in rental properties.

Last week a letter was sent to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick by some 30 MPs.

It was written by animal rights campaigner and Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, supported by Labour’s Andrew Gwynne, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey and Scottish Nationalist Lisa Cameron. 


Other prominent backers in Parliament include Tories Sir David Amess and Sheryll Murray, Labour’s Dame Meg Hillier, as well as Lord Goddard of Stockport, Lord Oates and Lord Trees.

They want agents and landlords to be allowed to charge pet-specific fees - such as insurance costs or additional deposits - without contravening the 2019 Tenant Fees Act. 

Now Propertymark has expressed its concerns about the limitations of the Tenant Fees Act which caps security deposits and prohibits agents and landlords from charging for pet damage insurance.

A report by pressure group Advocats suggests over half of pet owners would be willing to take out damage insurance if required by a landlord and three-quarters of landlords support pet insurance.

Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector Report for June revealed that 69 per cent of agents supported the need for a ring-fenced pet deposit.



Timothy Douglas, Propertymark’s policy and campaigns manager, says: “There is often more of a possibility of damage to a property where there is a pet, and as warned by Propertymark and others, the limitations caused by Tenant Fees Act has reduced the appetite for many who rent out property to take on greater risk.

“The strength of feeling amongst politicians, charities and sector organisations means that the UK Government must now revisit the rules and explore options to remove barriers that shouldn’t have been there in the first place, and support more people to rent with pets.”

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    Pets will be allowed in properties as standard, without permission, in the near future whether we like it or not. It’s a vote winner and the Tories will use it.

    It’s time to modernise the Tenant Fees Act or we’ll end up with the worst of both worlds.

  • Theodor Cable

    Well, I will have a no animal clause in my contact which will also say the they will be evicted if they break this clause.

    And that can be upheld by law if the break the clause.

    Roger  Mellie

    And how will you convince a judge to make someone homeless if they've been paying the rent on time? There are no legal grounds you can call upon in either the S21 6a or S8. So you are at the mercy of the judge, so it'll cost you and you may not get a result.
    You're best off assessing creditworthiness at the outset of the tenancy and get an MCOL for the money you are owed that remains unpaid.

    Theodor Cable

    There are "other ways" of getting them out, without going to a judge.
    And it is a system that usually works from start to finish in about 2 days and is very effective.

  • Theodor Cable

    Alternatively, the contract will be on a 6 month basis each of witch will have a clause of eviction, just in case theh have animals in the house.

    I decide what can ive in my house, NOT the f*****g Govt.


    Chest-thumping aside, the law will change and you will comply with it, the same as you comply with the 100s of other laws set out by Government.

  • Roger  Mellie

    Ehm. The Landlord & Tenant Act 1989 Theodor.

  • Theodor Cable

    OK - If so be it, I will then sell up and take 10 properties which will cost the Govt/Councils more aggro of a reduced housing stock!

    And, I am sure that I would ask if they have pets and If they say yes I will just wipe them off my list of potential tenants.

    There is ALWAYS a way.

  • Roger  Mellie

    Put all your cash in crypto Theodor, it sounds safer than the tenants you have in your properties by the sounds of it! ;)


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