West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has signed a cross-party joint letter to the Housing Secretary calling for greater provision for renters to keep pets.
The Tenant Fees Act (2019) since being introduced has added to the problems faced by pet-owners or prospective pet-owners in securing rented accommodation in England, due to the abolition of the provision for landlords to request extra security deposits for pets.
One in five landlords who previously allowed pets have stopped doing so since the Act was passed and this comes in a period in which increasing numbers are renting and, due to the pandemic, problems of loneliness and self-isolation have been exacerbated.
MP Rosie, who is a member of Parliament’s All Party Group on Cats (Apgocats), signed the joint letter which asks for secondary legislation be used to add pet deposits to the list of permitted payments. The letter also asks for an amendment to allow landlords to require a tenant hold pet insurance.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“While the Tenant Fees Act 2019 may have been well intended in some parts, it has consequently had a detrimental impact on pet ownership in the rented accommodation.
“A majority of landlords now impose No Pets clauses in their rental contracts and one in five landlords have only stopped allowing pets since the change of law two years ago.
“We need to resolve the situation so that renters can bring pets with them when they move home and not be restricted in their search, and landlords be comfortable with taking renters with pets.
“The ‘Heads for Tails!’ report prepared by the charity AdvoCATS who provide advice and support to tenants and landlords on issues with keeping pets in rented properties, outlines a range of options for government to consider in order to put the problem right.
“I urge the Housing Secretary to take on board our concerns and take action to support the keeping of pets in rented homes.”