|Posted on 19 February, 2018 at 6:20|
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.