Part two in a series of three articles examining the legal complexities surrounding pet-ownership by tenants and leaseholders. You can view part 1 here.
Part 2 – Revised Model Tenancy Agreement
In this note we will be looking at the recent revisions made to the Government’s model tenancy agreement by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
The revisions aim to stop landlords being able to impose a blanket ban on pets. The standard ‘no pet’ clauses (as discussed in part 1) have been amended in the model tenancy agreement so that the tenant can now request consent from the landlord to keep a pet.
Limitations of the revised model tenancy agreement
The aim of the DLUHC is to try to create a more pet-friendly long lease for residential tenants. Will this, however, make pet ownership easier for tenants in practice? It is a mixed picture:
Although the DLUHC’s intention is to make keeping pets easier for tenants, it appears that the revised model tenancy agreement is rather limited in effect. You might say it is all bark and no bite.
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