tenants-with-pets policy for Central Housing Group

Labour must clarify tenants-with-pets policy, says trade body

A trade body says it wants more clarity from the Labour Party on its proposals to allow private sector tenants-with-pets unless there is evidence that they cause a nuisance.

The proposal, put forward this week by Labour, has drawn a cautious response from David Smith, policy director for the Residential Landlords Association.

“Will landlords be able to charge higher deposits to reflect the increased risks of damage to a property where pets are allowed?“ asks Smith.

“Will insurance premiums increase for landlords to reflect the greater risk of allowing pets to be kept as a default position? What happens in shared homes and blocks of flats where one or more of the tenants do not want, or are allergic to, a pet?” Smith continues.

The association says Labour must “respond positively to all these points” if landlords are to have confidence in the policy.

Labour wants to strengthen the rights of tenants to keep a pet in their properties as part of a package of proposed animal welfare measures.

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