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For decades, landlords have had the right to refuse tenants based on their beloved furry friends. That said, with pets becoming increasingly more important in our lives, and with a mental health crisis on our hands, the government is pushing for change.

So, what will these new laws be for moving house with your pets?

Previous Rules for Tenants with Pets

In England, a landlord can only legally charge a deposit of five weeks’ rent. This restricts them from adding a higher deposit for pets. However, some landlords choose to up rents in case the pet causes any damage.

That said, in 2020 only seven percent of landlords advertise their property as suitable for pets. 

Here are the he New Rules for Tenants with Pets

The coronavirus has been a turning point, as most people are still working from home and mental health has become a huge issue across the country. Because of this, the mental health benefits of pets, including reducing stress and anxiety and providing companionship, can’t be ignored. 

This all comes under the Model Tenancy Agreement, which is a voluntary but recommended government guide for landlords to follow.

This would include: 

  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Microchipping the pet
  • De-worming and de-fleaing
  • Ensuring the pet responds to basic commands

These New Rules Mean for Tenants?

This bill is a real triumph for people looking to move home with their pets into a rental property.

These New Rules Mean for Landlords?

For landlords, the picture isn’t so positive; concerns over damage to homes will be the main problem. If this is the case, the agreement will bring forth a process of having to object to the pet.

That said, if you’re an unhappy landlord looking to sell up with these new rules, we’re happy to help.

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