The UK is, and has been for many many years, country of animal lovers. Cats, dogs, furry rodents, birds and reptiles, they form part of a family unit, they are important additions to daily life, providing comfort and joy.
However, since the Government announced the publication of a new tenancy agreement to help tenants who have well-behaved pets. This has caused some confusion in the housing sector, with many tenants believing that they have a statutory right to rent a property accompanied by their furry friends.
The Model Tenancy Agreement was published on 28th January 2021, allowing responsible pet owners with a well-behaved pet to secure a tenancy more easily.
The Model Tenancy Agreement is a recommended document that the Government feels should be used, it is not a mandatory requirement. And this is where the confusion has arisen - there is a very distinct difference between a “recommendation” and a “mandatory statutory” requirement.
The content is quite straightforward and easy to follow:-
- The right to keep dogs and Other animals in the domestic accommodation
- Exceptions to the right to keep dogs and other animals
- Certificates of responsible guardianship
- Certificate of exemption
- Statements on measures to support Animals in domestic accommodation
- Micro chipping of dogs and cats
The Bill lacks detail, however does reference the importance of certification, vaccination and a requirement for basic training of a dog. It is important to bear in mind that the MP behind this Bill makes a statement that refers to the “responsible pet owner”, but what exactly does that mean and who decides whether a pet owner is responsible or not?
The Bill needs to be debated in both houses, so only time will tell whether tenants will legally have a right to “Let with a Pet”.
If you're looking for a new let with your furry friend, call us on 01279 600 567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org