LandlordZONE readers are being urged to help academics discover what the sector really thinks about renting properties to tenants with pets.
But now Northumbria Law School and the Open University are conducting research into landlord concerns about ‘lets with pets’.
“We are asking that any Private Landlords who currently rent out property in England complete this survey, which should only take 15-20 minutes of their time,” says Dr Rachel Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University’s Faculty of Business and Law.
“The purpose of the study is to investigate the issues and/or barriers private landlords have when renting their property to tenants with cats and/or dogs.
“This research will therefore contribute to the growing debate over pets in private accommodation and what realistic reform to this area would look like for all parties.”
The survey is therefore an unusual opportunity for landlords to have their views on pets in rented property recorded. This is particularly important because ministers are mulling how rental deposit legislation and the Tenant Fee Act could be amended following hard lobbying by MP Andrew Rosindell and others.
The survey is being undertaken by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS).
It was set up in 1979 by a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and veterinary surgeons to promote awareness and understanding of human-companion animal relationships.
This survey closes at midnight on 14th January 2022.