Good news for animal-loving, rent-paying Londoners! New tenancy rules mean more of us will be allowed pets.
One of the major pains of renting in London—besides the revolting prices and the off white walls—is that many of us aren’t allowed pets inside our homes. In fact, it’s an issue for most renters across the country. Many of us have given up dreams of doggos for not-so-dreamy, just-about-affordable accommodation… but that’s all about to change!
Currently only 7% of landlords allow tenants to keep animals in their homes, but thanks to new government rules, we could be about to see some big changes made to future lease agreements. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is behind this movement, overhauling the model tenancy contract and encouraging UK landlords to allow well-behaved animals into their rental properties. He says:
“The government is clear there should be a balance with responsible pet owners not being penalised and landlords being more flexible in their approach, and it is right that landlords’ properties should be protected from damage by badly behaved pets.
“But total bans on renters with pets should only be implemented where there is good reason, such as in smaller properties or flats where owning a pet could be impractical.”
See also: 34 pictures of dogs on the underground to brighten your day.
Since it’s so catastrophically impossible to buy a house in London, this change is incredibly important. Pets bring us so much joy and comfort, improving our mental and even physical wellbeing.
Although these recommendations aren’t legally binding at the moment, if landlords continue to impose restrictions, a new law may well be put in place.
See also: this depressing tube map that shows you what you need to earn to buy a house in London.
Also published on Medium.