January 29th is the date set for MPs to hold the Second Reading of a Private Members’ Bill aimed at the abolition of no-pet clauses in private rental contracts.
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell’s Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill has already passed its first reading, and builds on a commitment already made by the government to give “responsible and caring” tenants the right to live with a pet.
“For most people, being separated from their dog is no different from being separated from their brother or sister” says Rosindell, who represents Romford in the Commons.
“Sadly, pet owners who move into rented accommodation face the reality that their family could be torn apart, because most landlords in Britain have unnecessary bans or restrictions on pet ownership” he continues.
“The no-pet clause means that someone cannot have a dog over for even a short period for fear of recriminations or even losing their home. Such discrimination must now end.”
The criteria put forward by Rosindell to verify the appropriateness of the tenant to keep a put include obtaining a certificate from a vet before moving in, confirming that they have a healthy, well-behaved animal and are considered to be a responsible owner.
Dogs would have to be vaccinated and microchipped and be responsive to basic training commands.
The Bill is backed by 11 other MPs including former Cabinet member Andrea Leadsom and ex-Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.