RSPCA and Cats Protection voice concerns on proposed Security Deposit Cap
Following the Queens Speech announcement of a cap on security deposits to be included with the new Tenants’ Fees Bill, The RSPCA and Cats Protection have voiced their concerns about removing private tenants’ flexibility to provide a higher deposit to cover the likes of pet damage.
David Bowles, the RSPCA’s assistant director of external affairs, said: “We have yet to see this bill and will be looking to work with the Government to ensure there are no unintended consequences for pets within the legislation designed to improve tenancy conditions.
“Pets are part of our families and, as well as being wonderful companions, also bring us many benefits for our health and general wellbeing. We encourage landlords to allow tenants to take pets into homes as it causes a lot of distress and upset when families aren’t able to take their pet with them, and charities such as the RSPCA are left picking up the pieces.
“We have produced booklets for housing agencies and landlords giving them useful and practical advice.”
“As more and more people are living in privately rented accommodation across the UK, some owners are being forced to give up their cats – and others who would like a cat are denied the opportunity. Cats Protection believes that people should not be deprived of having the companionship, love and affection that a cat can bring to a household and we are currently conducting research to find out the extent of the issue,” said Madison Rogers, the charity’s Advocacy and Government Relations Officer.
“We would also encourage housing providers and landlords to have responsible and reasonable cat policies and tenancy clauses which could include the requirement for cats in tenanted property to be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, as well as limits on the number of cats that can be owned per household.”
Mary Latham, veteran landlord and spokesperson for the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS) said:
“I have accepted tenants with pets for years because a home is not a home without a pet. I have never had to withhold monies from deposits because of issues caused by those pets and my tenants stay longer because they feel more at home.
I am so angry that this will force many landlords to rethink the risk and prevent pet owners from renting nice homes.
Government are so out of touch with the reality of the lives of those who they are meant to represent.”
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