21 Oct 2020
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindale has cross-party backing for his proposed legislation, which would severely curtail agents’ ability to refuse tenant applicants with pets.
A Tory MP has launched a Bill in parliament that would ban letting agents and landlords from rejecting tenants who want to live with their pets.
Due for a second reading in January and if it achieves Royal Assent later next year, it would drop a bombshell on the private rented sector, complicating both tenancy contracts and landlord insurance.
MP Andrew Rosindell’s Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill aims to give tenants the right to live with their pets, but only if they can prove they are ‘responsible and caring’.
Rosindell says the Government’s earlier efforts to tackle the issues by removing ‘no-pet clauses’ from its model tenancy agreement earlier this year did not go far enough.
His Bill – known as Jasmine’s law after a dog owned by the Adams family in Surrey was famously prevented from living in a privately rented house – is supported by 11 other cross-party MPs including Andrea Leadsom and Tim Farron.
“For most people, being separated from their dog is no different from being separated from their brother or sister,” he says.
“Sadly, pet owners who move into rented accommodation face the reality that their family could be torn apart, because most landlords in Britain have unnecessary bans or restrictions on pets ownership.”
The Bill will make pet owners pass a test of responsible ownership including certificate from a vet before moving in confirming that they have a healthy, well-behaved animal and are considered to be a responsible owner.