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Labour are planning a 50 page draft policy document outlining plans to give animals greater protection and rights. These include giving tenants the default right to keep pets in rental homes, banning foie gras, outlawing intensive rearing of game birds, and reporting to police if you run over a cat.Labour 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 reduce stress in 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.”Commenting on proposals published today by the Labour Party, which would allow tenants to keep pets as the default positions in rented homes unless there is evidence that the animal is causing a nuisance, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said:“The proposal raises a number of questions which we will work constructively with the Labour Party to address.“Will landlords be able to charge higher deposits to reflect the increased risks of damage to a property where pets are allowed? 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?“Labour will need to respond positively to all these points if landlords are to have confidence in this suggested policy.” SEE ALSO - Pets in rental propertyUP NEXT - As a landlord do you allow pets?DON'T MISS - Dogs or not?NOW WATCH:
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I am beginning to think that the labour party have a policy of trying to come up with a new idea each week to threaten landlords!
I completely refurbished a house to a high standard for a family that lived there for 3 years. That included top quality carpets throughout (£24 per sqm throughout if bought on the high street), expensive kitchen with granite etc.
When they moved out I had a quick look around and all seemed well. I then got the carpets cleaned for the new tenants who were moving in 2 days later. The following morning I went to the house to check on it and the stink was unbelievable. To cut a long story short the previous family had apparently bought a kitten without telling me and it had "been" all over the place. Cleaning the carpets had woken the smell. It also solved the mystery of carpets appearing to have shrunk back from door bars and looking a bit frayed around the edges. I thought maybe the carpets had been overstretched when laid and the tenants said how surprised they were that this had just seemed to happen. Actually something had clawed at them.
I then had my attention drawn to the kitchen. The end of an island was made of expensive curved panels which were meant to look like painted wooden slats. Something had put lots of scratches into this which had then been painted to match the kitchen again. That wasn't a cat. I spoke to the neighbours who explained that it was probably the puppy that the family had owned for the last month because they had been driven mad by it barking, What?! I was livid.
Now the labour party would like to mandate it that this can be done to all my houses?
Social Tenancies now routinely exclude pets eg for past decade at least - though many tenants ignore that ruling.
CH 5 say that 60% of private tenants have less than £1000 in household savings - so not only would they be unable to fund a decent pet related deposit - but also cannot afford food/vets bills - so why on earth are they opting to increase outgoings???
As long as the Labour Party is the guarantor for any damage then it sounds fine to me.
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How will that fit with the new max deposit legislation?
I would rather see the landlord associations explain that this would reduce the number of properties available to let. As it is properties are returned with damage which the tenants claim is not their fault, I would sell if I was forced to accept tenants with pets,
Its just the Labour party doing what it does best, ie NOT talking about the real political issues. The assumption is we are supposedly a nation of animal lovers so more people will agree with them than disagree. Its called conditioning, gradually getting people to believe they are in tune with labour by positive re-inforcement, over trivial issues.
In fact its very manipulative and Orwellian, real Big Brother stuff, in reality it has nothing to do with tenants or pets
The new Marxist Party will be delighted that their plans are bearing fruit as more of the useful idiots turn to support them.
Personally I would support a military coup to stop Corbyn and his ilk attaining power.
We simply cannot allow the Marxist Party to attain power.
Their supposed leader Corbyn now proven to be complicit in being a spy and consequently a threat to national security.
He should be in prison
Clare Kivlehan of the charity Dogs Trust, which is behind the Lets with Pets website, has responded to Labour's pets policy: “It is great that from a Lets with Pets point of view that people are talking about this, but it needs to be done in the right way.
“If we are talking specifically about private landlords then we know the issues around what private landlords think about pets and that they will need assurances, quite rightly — they are commercial concerns.”
She said she understood that the proposal came at a difficult time for letting agents and landlords, who are already digesting the Draft Tenant Fees Bill.
She added: “It’s a difficult one because we know that private landlords are absorbing social housing and providing accommodation for what social housing providers should be providing.
“It’s a balance on both sides and it’s a very difficult debate but obviously from an animal welfare point of view, we are concerned about the numbers of people who can’t find private rented accommodation. It is only going to get worse as the generation now can’t afford to buy properties and will be renting for life.”Source of quote