Renters must have opportunity to own pets

Senator Rebecca Moynihan
30 January 2021

Labour spokesperson on housing, Senator Rebecca Moynihan, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Housing in the UK that landlords will no longer be able to issue blanket bans on pets in rented accommodation.

The new Model Tenancy Agreement states that a ban on pets should only be enforced when there is good reason, such as in smaller properties or flats where it may be impractical. 

Responding to the news, Senator Moynihan called on the Minister to explore the possibility of a similar no pet ban in Ireland.

Senator Moynihan said:

“Animals play such an important part in the lives of many. It’s a really positive move to see a compassionate approach being taken by the Housing Minister in the UK, and the Minister and RTB should explore options to introduce a similar rule here.

“The blanket ban on pets by many landlords and even approved housing bodies is simply unfair. This affects everyone, from older people moving into senior citizens accommodation who are asked to give up their beloved furry friends, to families renting who are excluded from ever owning a family pet.

“Pets play a huge role in many people’s lives. They provide companionship and emotional support, enhancing overall wellbeing. With a greater percentage of people renting now that ever before, we have to explore ways that allow responsible owners have their pets and companions in their rented homes.”

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