COMMENTING on proposals published today by the Labour Party, which would allow tenants to keep pets as the default positions in rented homes unless there is evidence that the animal is causing a nuisance, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said:
“The proposal raises a number of questions which we will work constructively with the Labour Party to address.
“Will landlords be able to charge higher deposits to reflect the increased risks of damage to a property where pets are allowed? Will insurance premiums increase for landlords to reflect the greater risk of allowing pets to be kept as a default position? What happens in shared homes and blocks of flats where one or more of the tenants do not want, or are allergic to, a pet?
“Labour will need to respond positively to all these points if landlords are to have confidence in this suggested policy.”