Boris Johnson is to become a landlord and will allow tenants to move in with dogs when they rent his £4,250 a month cottage near Thame, Oxfordshire, it has been reported.

The PM’s decision to rent the four-bedroom Grade II listed cottage (pictured) has been leaked by the Daily Mail, which says the ‘dog-loving’ Prime Minister will ‘consider’ pets at the recently-refurbished property.

This will bolster pet campaigners who have been trying to persuade the government to force landlords to allow pets within their properties.

A private members bill proposing this is unlikely to become law, but the government recently changed its non-mandatory model tenancy document to make pet acceptance ‘default’.

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Johnson may have an expensive problem on his hands if he wins a second term in government – the property only has an ‘E’ EPC rating.

His ministers are currently consulting on whether to raise this to ‘C’ in 2025.

Other benefits of Johnson’s property, which overlooks stunning countryside, include a heated swimming pool and a tennis court.

The house and annexe which is being advertised by upmarket lettings agency Strutt & Parker on a minimum 12-month tenancy was bought in 2003 by Johnson with his former wife Marina Wheeler for £690,000 but is now estimated to be worth £1.2 million.

Spare homes

Although the Prime Minister has long complained that he struggles to survive on his £161,401 a year salary, he is the latest in a long line of Conservative PM’s to cash-in on their ‘spare homes’.

These include David Cameron, who rented his family home out for £6,000 a month while in No.10 and Theresa May, who earned £10,000 a month from hers.

British prime ministers are given two homes while in office – apartments at No.10 and the PM’s official country residence, Chequers.


4 COMMENTS

  1. “Boris Johnson is to become a landlord and will allow tenants to move in with dogs when they rent his £4,250 a month cottage near Thame, Oxfordshire, it has been reported.”

    And with a £4903.84 deposit, what’s not to love? That MASSIVE deposit will cover any pet damage my tenants’ little fur balls have caused. And, of course, Boris’ tenants will be employed so he can get an Attachment of Earnings against any additional damage over the deposit.

    “The PM’s decision to rent the four-bedroom Grade II listed cottage (pictured) has been leaked by the Daily Mail, which says the ‘dog-loving’ Prime Minister will ‘consider’ pets at the recently-refurbished property.”

    I also ‘consider’ pets and then I say ‘No’. I consider what the damage has been caused by ALL tenants’ pets in the past…. and I consider the little deposit I can ask for…. and then I say ‘No’.

    “This will bolster pet campaigners who have been trying to persuade the government to force landlords to allow pets within their properties.”

    Only if they want to appear complete and absolute idiots if they think the two examples above are comparable. Great if I can ask for the same amount of rent and deposit for a house with the same amount of bedrooms.

    “Other benefits of Johnson’s property, which overlooks stunning countryside, include a heated swimming pool and a tennis court.”

    I’m sure pets will appreciate them. My friend is looking for a des res with a swimming pool. He has 4 golden labs. They’d love the heated pool. They’d love to have a swim every day. Would their fur block the filters? Is that fur wear and tear or fair wear and tear?

    “The house and annexe which is being advertised by upmarket lettings agency Strutt & Parker on a minimum 12-month tenancy was bought in 2003 by Johnson with his former wife Marina Wheeler for £690,000 but is now estimated to be worth £1.2 million.”

    An annexe, eh? Getting complicated now. Council tax? Subletting? Holiday let?

    This is hardly your ‘normal, average’ BTL.

  2. I wonder where the reference is to Boris joining the debate. Letting a’pets considered’ isn’t joining the debate.
    Letting a property as ‘pets considered. Isn’t the same as saying ‘pets welcomed’.

  3. I let a property to a woman with 2 nice well behaved dogs. Problem was that she regularly washed the dogs in the bath. They obviously didn’t like it and the bath was scratched to bits all over presumably by the long claws trying to get out or get a grip. Needed a new bath when she left. Could I claim on her deposit? Course not – the bathroom was 6 years old and due for replacement anyway according to the deposit scheme arbitrators so not a penny. I wonder how many home owners replace their bathrooms every 6 years?
    I no longer allow pets. My house, my decision as to who lives there.

    • May be worth you changing deposit scheme – might make them a little more LL friendly or realistic. It is not reasonable to expect the life of a bath to be just 6 years and definitely not climate change friendly!

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