Get rid of the no-pets clause in rented accommodation
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Thousands of UK residents are forced to make the gut-wrenching decision to part with a beloved pet, whom they consider a member of their family, in order to find rental housing that meets their needs. only a small % of landlords accept tenants with dogs. This disproportionately affects low-income families, who have more limited opportunities for housing.
The situation is devastating, not only to the families who find themselves unable to keep their pets, but for the animals themselves. In the months surrounding moving day, the number of animals abandoned at rescue centres nearly triples, from around 600 a month to approximately 1,600.
Currently, the law allows landlords to penalize all pet owners who are looking for affordable rental housing, regardless of how their animals actually behave. This unfairly favors landlords’ rights over tenants’ rights. Responsible pet owners whose animals are well behaved should be allowed to keep their animals.
Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends. The pet population estimates were made over two years, with total sample of 6,000. In 2014 it is estimated that 13 million (46% of) households have pets. The pet population stands at around 65 million, with over 24% of households owning a dog and 17% of households owning a cat. See more at: http://www.pfma.org.uk/pet-population-2014#sthash.0lxC9vvN.dpuf
However though being a nation of pet lovers we are constantly finding it harder to rent with pets.
The renting sector is seeing an increase with more and more people finding it harder to own their own home or being evicted and with the no-pet clause more and more people are either giving up their animals(so we see an increase at the rescue centres) or are choosing to live in accommodation that is beyond their means simply to keep their pets, this is wrong, not only to our animals but also to us the people no-pet clauses in residential leases are unreasonable, abusive, and contrary to public order.
France, Belgium, and Ontario have all declared them null and void. In Belgium, this came about following a court’s finding that no-pet clauses infringe tenants’ fundamental rights to privacy and to inviolability of the home.
so why in the nation that claim to be the most pet loving do we still have this clause?
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