A pets charity is calling for the Tenant Fees Act to be amended to allow landlords to either take additional deposits off tenants seeking to rent with pets or require tenants take out extra insurance.

The campaign is based on a new report called Heads for Tails! published by East Midlands-based AdvoCATS.

It is backed by leading organisations within the private rented sector including LandlordZONE and a clutch of high-profile parliamentarians.

The main aim of the campaign is to have parliament amend the Tenant Fees Act 2019 to enable landlords to either stipulate pet damage insurance is provided, or charge a separate capped pet deposit, so avoiding the devastating impact of ‘no pets’ clauses.

Backers of the initiative include Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, LibDem leader Sir Ed Davey, campaigning MP Andrew Rosindell and the National Office for Animal Health.

Other high-profile backers include Sir David Amess, Dame Meg Hillier, Sheryll Murray (APGOCATS), Lisa Cameron (APDAWG), Lord Goddard of Stockport, Lord Oates and Lord Trees.


Sean Hooker (pictured), Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme, says: “The issue of pets in rental properties has sparked a lot of, often emotive, debate and this conflict is not healthy for the sector.

“The Heads for Tails report outlines a blueprint for a set of clear and fair rules that protect the interests of both tenants and their landlords.”

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AdvoCATS founder Jen Berezai (pictured) has sent a copy of the report to ministry housing officials and also key MPs in rental hotspots around the UK to persuade the government to amend the Tenant Fees Act and solve the problem of landlords who ban pets.

Sarah Dixon of Focus On Animal Law, adds: “We are delighted to support Andrew Rosindell MP and AdvoCATS as they move forward with a proposal which offers both tenants with pets, and landlords, protection and security.” 

Berezai adds: “The Heads for Tails! report and campaign really seems to caught the mood – we have a phenomenal amount of support from some major players in both the animal welfare and private rented sectors, which, when added to the fact that demand for pet friendly homes has increased by 120% since just last summer, surely means the Government must take heed of this report and react accordingly?”.

The full report is now live on the AdvoCATS website.


  1. I tend to think that if you own a property you should have the right to decide who rents it and under what conditions. It’s your property, not the state’s.

  2. I’ve got a tenant moving out shortly after nearly a year. On the basis of them being key workers, therefore reducing risk, I allowed them to keep a medium sized dog. The move out inspection and whether there is damage or not, will be my deciding basis going forward for a decision as to whether I allow pets in future or remove a home from the market, adding to the increase in rents, and decrease in the amount of available Lets for tenants. Neither of which I really want.

  3. The government is surreptitiously taking control of our properties, telling us who we have to let to and under what terms and conditions, and maybe soon at what rent. Next they will be telling us that we can only sell a tenanted property to one of the major landlord companies so the tenant can remain in residence.

  4. Pets cost everyone a lot of money. They need feeding, looking after and cause a lot more damage or extreme “Fair Wear and Tear” to everything. Some properties are not suitable for pets that need to get out such as cats. Pets are an additional liability and there is no escaping this. Some owners just do not care if their pet causes damage to the property and if the pet is dangerous it is a liability to all. Even small dogs that constantly yap and snap are a constant problem, larger dogs are even more of a problem.

  5. Pets cause damage when they are bored i.e. left in the property alone for extended, in some cases very extended, periods of time, which is psychological cruelty. People should only have pets if they have the time not to keep them in solitary confinement for long periods. Landlords should be allowed to decide who keeps and does not keep a pet in their property.


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