UK government passes new law forcing landlords to allow tenants to have pets

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Landlords will have to accept tenants with pets thanks to new government legislation. This is a real win for dog and cat parents!

By Ashley Murphy

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No pets allowed! Those words make every pet owner's heart sink when searching for a new rental property. It's an example of outright discrimination that puts animal lovers at a significant disadvantage. 

Many miss out on the perfect property because they refuse to give up their furry friends. Others are forced to put down larger deposits or pay a rental premium just to put a roof over their heads.

Great news for pet owners

But all this is about to end. New rules announced by the government mean landlords will be legally required to allow tenants to keep pets. The measures are part of the Renters Reform Bill, which aims to make renting easier and fairer for tenants.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a government spokesperson said, "Pet owners and would-be pet owners are being unfairly deprived of the company and companionship of an animal by their landlords – so we'll change the law to end this unfairness. We're giving tenants a legal right to have a pet if they wish."

This should have happened sooner!

Pet owners will have to play their part, too. Under the new law, tenants must cover the cost of any damages caused by pets. And landlords will be allowed to request that tenants have insurance while living in their accommodation.

Around 13 million people in the UK rent homes from a private landlord; that's 1 in every 5 of us. Yet only 7% of private rental properties are classed as 'pet friendly.' In other words, this piece of reform was long overdue!

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