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Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - has started a campaign to have pets allowed in private rental properties.

NOAH says the government’s new model tenancy agreement, launched early this year, leads the way for more dogs, cats and other animals to be kept responsibly by tenants.

The NOAH campaign is called ‘Securing the Right to Rent with Pets: Making One Health Housing a Reality’, and says: “Our pets are important for many reasons. They are a source of genuine companionship for many – which explains why more than 17m households own at least one pet – and being in the presence of pets has been scientifically proven to improve mental health, reducing feelings of stress, anxiety and improve our overall mood, helping to combat mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders and depression.”


NOAH claims that not being allowed in private rented accommodation means renters are denied a healthier lifestyle through better daily routines and increased cardiovascular exercise through taking a companion animal for a walk or playing with them, therefore improving physical health too.

It continues: “Despite the significant and clear benefits, owning a pet in rented accommodation remains very difficult."

Dawn Howard, NOAH chief executive explains: “We understand that renting with pets comes with a level of concern for landlords, whether this is perceived fear of damage to the property or badly behaved pets – however, we truly believe that widening access to pets will actually bring benefits to landlords that outweigh these often-inflated fears.

“For example, the RSPCA found tenants who are given permission to look after a pet in their rental property were likely to live in that property for twice as long compared to other tenants – creating long-term, secure tenants for landlords. 

“Allowing responsibly kept pets also increases the pool of prospective renters for properties, meaning landlords are far less likely to struggle to find tenants, and will in turn have a more secure stream of income. It is these very benefits that we are keen to maximise in collaboration with landlords and housing associations, whilst ensuring we tackle any problems that could arise from pets in rented properties.”

Howard adds: “We welcome the gathering momentum in Parliament, kick-started by the amendments made to the Model Tenancy which we greatly welcome. Our campaign will seek to promote wider adoption of the updated Model Tenancy Agreement, as well as spending time understanding what other policies could support pet ownership in rented properties, to ensure both animal and human wellbeing is a priority in these rapidly evolving times.”

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    My daughter owns her own home and has 2 cats. I the first year she has had vomit, wee and blood on her carpets - and she is a 'responsible owner' with 'well behaved' pets. This shows the inevitability of accidents and is why pets are not allowed in my properties until I am convinced tenants are staying long term and are looking after my property.

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    This is all interference by outsiders none of their business and confine so called Pilcher New Model 68 page Tenancy Agreement to the dust bin where it belongs like the previous 48 page one that wasn’t taken up either but want to force everything on us.
    Now Vets with a vested interest joining the bandwagon, they would charge you hundreds for minor pet things, what a surprise some get paid more than Doctors. Noah is in the wrong boat not a mention of the Owners Mental Health although stressed out & driven up the wall, under constant attack 24/7. People should get a life of their own & let us run out business properly, don’t be worrying about who paid for Boris Johnson’s wall paper either I think it’s great if someone did pay for it, it’s not his house it’s a Government Building. Here we are on Monday morning kicking off another week dealing with nonsense issues.

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    We have 2 of our properties where we have allowed the new tenants (in one house, parents with 2 young children and in the other house, a couple in their late 50s) to bring their cat with them. The relief on all their faces, when we gave our permission, was wonderful. They were particularly looking for long term tenancies, which was a huge deciding factor in making our decision to allow it. However, this is not our usual policy in our other properties, due to tenants being out at work all day and leading busy social lives (pre Covid)! We did have a tenant in one of our shared houses, hiding a rabbit in her room - chewed the carpets to pieces!!!


    I've also found that allowing a pet often leads to good long term tenants, but as we can no longer ask for an extra deposit it now has to be an increased rent.

    • 26 April 2021 09:48 AM

    Just wait until all your carpets and wood furniture are wrecked and generate horrible smells and that you will have to pay for renewals when they finally move out!

  • Matthew Payne

    Of course they do, they can smell the gravy train approaching the station at the prospect of all those £200 certificates they can issue to certify a pet is well behaved. I wonder if they have also checked how much their PI insurance may well go up by as no doubt landlords will expect these certificates underwrite this behviour they have signed off. There may well be some insurance claims required when one of these pets pulls a fast one and pretends to be well behaved in the 10 minute appointment and then goes and trashes the property.

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    Landlords are often labeled as greedy money grabbers, pot kettle black vets ??

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Is the pets vet going to stand as Pet Guarantor ? - thought not.
    Those with nothing to loose shout loudest without any responsibility to do so.


    Has any of the Landlords on here actually taken the time and effort to understand a tenant with a pet is not always a 'bad risk' - as a long term, responsible tenant, with dogs, we have never had any damage from our dogs and I am a qualified dog trainer too. Landlords excluding us from their properties are being very short-sighted as we have the income and the track record to pay good money for our home.


    Julian, as I have said many times on here I will consider tenants with pets and have had many good ones with no problems, I presently have 2 tenants with a cat each, one tenant with a dog, one with a snake and one with a rabbit , but these are my properties and therefore it is my choice , I will not rent to tenants with large or dangerous dogs and I will only rent properties with a garden to a dog owning tenant, I think my terms are very reasonable.


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