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Cuddly Corbyn wants to give tenants the right to keep pets.

Posted on 19 February, 2018 at 6:20 Comments comments (0)

In an effort to win over animal-loving votes, the Labout party wants to give tenants a default right to keep pets in their rented home.

Landlords can only refuse permission under the 2015 Consumer Rights Act if it is reasonable to do so, for reasons such as the animal's size, possible damage and impact on future rental demand.

However, Labour wants landlords to have to prove the pet will be a nuisance before keeping it can be refused. Therefore, this would stop landlords being able to advertise properties with a no pet policy.

The plans also include giving low income earners help with vets bills!

Labour party shadow environment secretary, Sue Hayman, said: "People shouldn't be denied the joy of keeping a pet just because they can't afford a home of their own. For the majority of people under 30, buying a home is sadly less and less an affordable option.

"I believe the five million households who are forced to rent really shouldn't be denied the joy of keeping a pet. Pets are not only good company, but they can also help to reduce stress to their owners.

"So we want to consult with landlords to see if we can give tenants the default right to keep a pet in their home, so long as they're not a nuisance. It's important we don't just design policies for those fortunate enough to own a home and we reflect the needs of the many, not the few."

The National Landlords Association's (NLA), Richard Lambert, said: "Around half of landlords say they are reluctant to allow renters to keep pets due to a perceived added risk of damage to the property and the increased cost of repair at the end of a tenancy.

"You can't take a blanket approach to keeping or refusing pets. The NLA has consistently supported schemes that encourage landlords to take on pet owners, such as The Dog's Trust's 'Let With Pets', but landlords should have a right to refuse permission so long as they can justify their decision.

"For example, common properties in the PRS (Private Rented Sector), such as high rise flats or those without gardens, may simply not be suitable for keeping some animals nor beneficial to their welfare."

In addition to the last comment by Richard, some leasehold property covenants preclude keeping pets in the building.

Rental price inflation rises in December

Posted on 30 January, 2018 at 7:00 Comments comments (0)

Average rents across the UK rose by 1.7% in December 2017 when compared to the same month previously; the average monthly rental is now £907.00.

Rents in the South-East of England were 1% lower in December 2017 than in the same month of 2016; rents fell year-on-year in the region every month of 2017.

The East Midlands saw the highest rate of rental price inflation in December, with rents up by 4.6% compared to a year previously.

Rents in the UK rose by an annualised average of 1.7% in December, new data from HomeLet reveals, as the private rental market ended 2017 with rental price inflation moving marginally higher. The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in December was £907 according to the December HomeLet Rental Index, compared to £892 in the same month of 2016.

Rental price inflation was much more stable over the course of 2017; by contrast, rents in 2016 regularly rose at an annual rate of more than 4% in the first half of the year, before rental price inflation dropped back in the second half.

Rental price inflation remains modest by recent standards. In December 2015, rents were up 3.7% on the same month of 2014, in a year when rental price inflation never fell below 3.5%.

The data for 2017 also means it is likely that rents rose at a slower rate than general inflation during every month of last year, with inflation on the consumer price index measure running at 3.1% in November , the most recent period for which official statistics are available.

Landlords Reluctant Under Right to Rent.

Posted on 24 December, 2017 at 11:50 Comments comments (1)

A recent survey by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) of almost 2,800 landlords has found that 42% were reluctant to rent to those without a UK passport and 49% are less likely to rent to someone who has permission to stay in the UK for only a limited period.

RLA Policy Director David Smith wrote:

"Under the Right to Rent policy, landlords are responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants and face prosecution if there is reasonable cause to believe that the property they are letting is occupied by someone who does not have the right to rent.

It is little wonder that faced with the threat of prosecution, landlords having been effectively turned into border police are reluctant.

Given that according to Oxford University's Migration Observatory, the foreign-born population is almost three times as likely to rent as UK born nationals, this policy is actively discriminating against them.

A policy that was designed to make the country a hostile environment for illegal immigrants is also creating a hostile environment for those who do not have a passport. This includes the 17% of legitimate UK residents who do not hold a passport.

Despite assurances from the Government about making allowances, landlords are fearful of being caught out by forged identity documents which have proliferated as a result of the policy.

Ministers might have reached some sort of Agreement with the EU last week about the status of EU nationals living in the UK, but without certainty landlords will not know who they can and cannot rent to and for how long.

Landlords cannot be blamed for being cautious when the threat of criminal prosecution hangs over them and they do not have the knowledge or experience to act as border control officers".

David Smith called for The Home Office to suspend the scheme pending full and detailed assessment of its impact on tenants and prospective tenants.