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Dogs and Domestic Animals Bill
The Government is concerned with the number of people who have to split their relationships between themselves and their pets. To combat this they are trying to bring in a bill called “Dogs and Domestic Animals Bill”. This bill will tackle the “no-pets” many private landlords have on their properties. This bill has passed its first reading. However, many people have brought up concerns about it. Concerns like, will landlords or letting agents have to put in an additional charge for carpets or gardens. When it comes to charging tenants for damages, will there be more leeway for pet owners with the general wear and tear allowed by the Government or will they be stricter? And what about people that are allergic. How can you completely wipe all carpets from cat hairs and dog hairs for the next tenant?
There has been a lot of talk to making pet owners prove that their pets are “house-trained” and confirm that they are healthy, well-behaved and the owner is responsible.
Though this clause has passed its first reading. It’s still in the early stages and it may never come into place but it’s our responsibility to make sure if it does come into power, our landlords will be ready.
Viewings will be conducted according to the governments COVID-19 guidelines. When you book a viewing, you’ll be assigned a time slot. 15 minutes per party to view the property. With the assumption, each party won’t take the fill 15 minutes to talk and view the property. Essential cleaning will take place between each viewing. If you turn up early or late you may be asked to wait for cleaning to be finished or an appropriate time slot. During the viewings, you must NOT touch anything unless for safety concerns like handrails. If you happen to touch anything please inform our agents so appropriate cleaning can take place.
Changes to Right to Rent Scheme
The Home Office is making a number of changes to the Right to Rent scheme in November 2020. The introduction of an online service should make it easier for letting agents to check if applicants have the right to rent in the UK.
The online system will supply a photograph and details of the applicant’s right to work and rent. Agents and landlords can then check that the photograph matches the person applying for the property. A copy of the web page needs to be kept for 12 months after the end of the tenancy.
Calls to end pet discrimination in private rental properties
A Conservative MP has called for the end of pet discrimination in rental properties. He is arguing that if tenants can prove their care for pets they should be allowed to keep them in rental properties.
He is introducing a bill before Parliament to end this perceived discrimination and giving private tenants the right to have a dog or other domestic animal in their rented home.
Arguments against this change in policy have claimed that the reduction in the amount of deposit a landlord is able to take, currently capped at 5 weeks rent, does not provide sufficient funds to cover any potential damage caused by a domestic pet.
The bill should go for its second reading in January 2021. Watch this space for more property news from Langford.