Liberal Democrats

Allow Dogs in Rentals

Landlords need to be more flexible with tenants who want to keep dogs in their rented accommodation.

By Tim Farron, Jan 08, 2021 12:01

Only seven per cent rented homes in the UK are pet friendly and those who have lost homes due to unemployment or relationship breakdowns often have no choice other than to rehome their pets.

Dogs are beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing.

As spokesperson for Housing, Communities and Local Government, I believe dogs are beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing.

I have a springer spaniel called Jasper and a Labrador puppy called Ted.

Landlords must consider more tenants with pets at a time when loneliness and isolation have reached unprecedented levels.

Having a dog is a big responsibility but for those who are ready to take this on living in rented accommodation should not be a barrier.

I know my dogs have helped me through tough times and I wouldn't be without them.

It's not fair that those who aren't in a position to buy their own homes should miss out on owning a dog or cat.

Flexibility on this issue would also mean that more pets could be rehomed.

We are urging landlords to consider more tenants with pets at a time when loneliness and isolation have reached unprecedented levels.

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