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Agency flags growing worries over pets in lets

A prominent lettings agency says concern is growing in the private rental sector about the prospect of more pets in properties. 

A Leaders Romans Group survey reveals that while 57% of UK households have a pet, most landlords - 56% - are wary of the negative impacts they see in the Renters Reform Bill’s approach to the issue. Only 10% are unsure of the impact. 

The Bill proposes comprehensive changes, including the abolition of evictions under Section 21, the “lifetime” deposit system, and, notably, provisions for tenants to request permission from their landlords to keep pets. 


Commentary gathered by LRG from landlords includes one noting “ownership of Dogs in flats [is] negative unless [there is] outside space – barking can be a problem!!” Another adds, “Don’t think people should be able to have dogs more easily – they are destructive if left alone, damage gardens, but most importantly, can create difficulties with neighbours as so many bark for long periods.” A third comment reflects a broader concern: “Better for tenants but re the pets, more constraints on landlords trying to maintain decent standards of property.”

Kim Lidbury - group director of property management at LRG - says: “The introduction of pet-friendly policies in rental agreements is a nuanced issue that requires careful consideration to balance the interests of tenants with those of landlords. Not all property types may be suitable for pets, for instance flats within blocks and properties without gardens.

“The Third Reading of the Bill recently included a mandate that tenants either maintain insurance to cover potential pet damage or compensate the landlord for the reasonable cost of obtaining such insurance.

“This is a positive step forward which does seem to address landlords’ concerns while also enhancing the lives of tenants and their pets. However more detail is still required to ensure that pets can only be requested in an appropriate property.

“LRG is dedicated to engaging with both landlords and tenants to navigate these legislative changes effectively. By leveraging insights from the landlord community and advocating for balanced policies, LRG aims to contribute to a fair and sustainable rental market that meets the needs of all parties involved.”


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