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Dog owners in UK pay more rent

Issue: 07/01/2022

Dog owners in England who rent their home are paying over ÂŁ100 more than the average renter.
Research by Admiral Insurance has found that the rental price difference for pet owners in England is ÂŁ106. Across the UK pet owners are paying ÂŁ81 more, although in Wales dog owning renters are paying only ÂŁ27 more than the average.
York is the friendliest UK city to rent with pets with 15.2 rentals per 100 in the city. The least pet friendly place to rent was Wakefield with just 2.8 rentals per 100.
Andrew Rosindell MP last year introduced a Private Members’ Bill to bring in a new standard tenancy agreement to make it easier for dog owners to rent properties.
The Model Tenancy Agreement has been changed by the government to make it easier for tenants with well-behaved pets to find rented accommodation.
Under the new Model Tenancy Agreement, landlords will no longer be able to issue blanket bans on pets. Instead, consent for pets will be the default position and landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason.
However, a Freedom of Information request made in July 2021 revealed that just under three percent of landlords had downloaded the new agreement.
Campaigners have argued that the best way forward is for the Tenant Fees Act (2019) to be amended.
They argue that the Act’s list of permitted payments should be amended to allow for pet damage insurance or a “pet deposit”, as an additional option. The deposit alternative would need to have its own cap, they say and they suggest this be financial and not based on a proportion of the monthly rent.
The research also found that over half of people’s budgets are too low to afford the average rent in the UK.
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