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Changes to standard tenancy agreements good news for pet owners

February 8th 2021
By: Hawes & Co
Changes to standard tenancy agreements good news for pet owners

208 Dataloft Consent for pets HC

Great news for tenants in England with pets. The new standard tenancy agreement will mean responsible tenants with well-behaved pets will be able to secure leases more easily.

Consent for pets will be the default position, and landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request, providing a good reason.

This is a welcome change as 40% of UK households own pets and yet just 7% of private landlords advertise as pet friendly.

Many charities hope the change will result in less pets needing rehoming. According to the PFMA, 10% of pet owners who gave up their dogs had done so because landlords didn't allow pets. Source: GOV.UK, LetswithPets, Pet Food Manufacturers Association.

If you're a tenant looking for a pet friendly property, then speak to us today. 

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