Landlords in the UK Can No Longer Prohibit Pets Under New Rental Law

The Ministry of Housing has announced new guidelines, which means landlords in the UK can no longer issue blanket bans. Anybody who’s ever lived in a rental knows that pets, especially cats and dogs, aren’t popular with landlords. Now, however, landlords are prohibited from refusing to rent to tenants with animals. This latest move marks a breakthrough for many tenants who are facing eviction for bringing animals into their homes. Just 7% of landlords advertise pet friendly properties, meaning many people struggle to find suitable homes. In some cases, that means having to give up their beloved pets altogether. Under the new Model Tenancy Agreement, landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason for not allowing the pet. Unfortunately, the agreement is a guideline and is not legally binding. The government is, however, confident that most landlords won’t want a costly court battle and will agree to allow pets. Research found that tenants were being charged up to £600 ($829.86) a year more in rent if they had pets.