After four years without updates the Ministry of Housing’s model tenancy agreement used by millions of landlords in England will be given a refresh including new ‘pets clause’ guidance.

The government is expected to publish its revised model tenancy for England within the next few days, LandlordZone has been told.

Civil servants have been working hard on putting the document together after Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on January 6th that the existing model agreement, which is available to download online for landlords and letting agents, would be updated to be more ‘pet friendly’.

A revised draft of the tenancy has been doing the rounds within the industry as Ministry of Housing officials have sought organisations’ feedback on the changes.

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Any alterations to the document will have a significant impact on landlords, many of whom use it as a template when issuing ASTs to tenants.

The current document has for some time been extremely vague about pets, its guidance box reminding tenants that they are banned from keeping pets without a landlords’ permission, and urging landlords not to be ‘unreasonable’ when giving consent.
It is believed that this guidance is to be reworded and its recommendations rebalanced between tenant and landlord and will strongly urge landlords to accept tenants with pets unless it’s ‘impractical’.

The model tenancy is also expected to reflect legislative changes that have taken place since the last update including, for example, the tenant fees ban and changes to electrical safety regulations.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I am a Landlord, and consider myself a good landlord, with just one house, but during our short time of renting we have occurred £10,000 in costs to repair our home which our tenants trashed, after stopping paying rent. We had in our clauses ‘no pets without permission of the landlord’. We discovered first of all that they had several cats, all with flea infestation, which resulted in the house having to be treated to kill them. They left the animals behind at the property. We also on found on repossession of the property that they had a dog (neighbours also confirmed that), and on the back of one of our wood doors they had carved his name, and height at monthly points!! I feel concerned that somewhere authority seems to have lost sight that Landlords have rights too, not just the tenants. The pendulum seems to be swinging in just one direction ‘the rights of the tenant’.

  2. Sorry to make two comments in one go.

    I worry about pets. They often have fleas, their excrement has to be totally controlled and bigger animals can damage furniture. I come from a farming community and see animals in their entirety. Fluffy faces and a wagging tails don’t do it for me, they need full time cradle to grave care. Flats have very high population densities and a serious amount of care has to be taken to keep them clean. That means every unit in the block. The only way landlords can control the cleanliness is eviction of offenders who refuse to clean. I have had to do that and it is something the tenant and myself both could have done without.

  3. Jennifer

    The problem with pets, it is not every pet owner are responsible to clean after the animals. Many pets are left in the property unattended and dogs crying the whole day inside a flat.
    Animals has fleas and excrement I believe bring animals in a confine flat it is unfair and inhuman and should not be allowed .

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