Battersea welcomes Government's steps to help renters own pets

29 JANUARY 2021

Leading animal welfare charity Battersea has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new Model Tenancy Agreement designed to make it easier for tenants with pets to find rented accommodation.

Peter Laurie, Battersea’s Interim Chief Executive, said: “At Battersea we see far too many heartbroken owners forced to give up their pets due to housing problems – it’s the second biggest reason people bring their dogs and cats to us.

“Yesterday’s announcement demonstrates the Government’s clear, continued commitment to improving access to pet ownership for renters, as well as helping to support and promote responsible pet ownership.”

Battersea has long campaigned for more rented accommodation to be pet friendly so that a larger number of people can enjoy the many positive health and social benefits of pet ownership. The charity’s Pet Friendly Properties report revealed 60 per cent of households in London will be in rented homes by 2025, yet currently 55 per cent of private landlords do not allow any pets, depriving many of the companionship of an animal.

Peter added: “The pandemic has brought a lot of issues within society to the fore, including loneliness and isolation. We already know that pets can play a crucial role in helping to tackle these problems, something we’ve previously highlighted with our Pet Friendly Properties campaign. With so many of us now spending the majority of our time in our homes, it is more important than ever that tenancy issues are addressed.

“This new Model Tenancy Agreement is a great step in the right direction for pet owners, but it is vital that we continue to have conversations around how we can help everyone have the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of pet ownership, no matter where they live.”

To find out more about Battersea’s Pet Friendly Properties campaign, please visit the website.

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For more information please contact press@battersea.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

  • Battersea launched its campaign, Pet Friendly Properties, in November 2018. This campaign calls for more pet-friendly policies in council and housing associations homes.
  • You can read Battersea’s research report Pet Friendly Properties: Bringing People and Pets Together for Happier Homes here.
  • Property website Zoopla recently revealed that only 7% of landlords nationwide list their rental properties as pet-friendly.
  • Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us – championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them because rescue is our favourite breed.
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. To donate to Battersea, visit https://donate.battersea.org.uk
  • In addition to the site in London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or facebook.com/Battersea