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    • TomTom19998
    • By TomTom19998 16th May 19, 4:03 PM
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    Renting with pets
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    • 16th May 19, 4:03 PM
    Renting with pets 16th May 19 at 4:03 PM
    Hi there I guess this is a fairly simple question. Can a landlord charge someone with a pet more rent than someone without for the same property? I am not talking about a higher deposit but actual rent each month.

    It feels like discrimination of some kind, they couldn't for example do the same based on religion, gender, ethanicity.

    If it is allowed will it still be allowed after June 1st?

    Thanks!
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    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 16th May 19, 4:13 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 4:13 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 4:13 PM
    Yes they can charge more, no its not discrimination* , nothing will change after June 1st.


    * actually it is, but not in the derogatory sense its generally taken as meaning now.
    • need an answer
    • By need an answer 16th May 19, 4:14 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 4:14 PM
    my understanding of the situation after June is you cant be charged a higher deposit because of the pet however the LL can set the rent at whatever amount they feel they can achieve.

    previously pet owners sometimes faced higher deposits because they had pets,this is now being bought under the same deposit rules as for non pet owners.

    From memory its 5 weeks rent = deposit although if my figures are incorrect I'm happy to be corrected.

    If rental income is more than 50k per year on the single property the deposit can be increased to 6 weeks rent.
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 16th May 19, 5:18 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:18 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:18 PM
    Hi there I guess this is a fairly simple question. Can a landlord charge someone with a pet more rent than someone without for the same property? I am not talking about a higher deposit but actual rent each month.

    It feels like discrimination of some kind, they couldn't for example do the same based on religion, gender, ethanicity.

    If it is allowed will it still be allowed after June 1st?

    Thanks!
    Originally posted by TomTom19998
    Yes they can. Being a pet owner is not a protected characteristic. 99% of discrimination is legitimate.
    • Socajam
    • By Socajam 16th May 19, 5:46 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:46 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:46 PM
    A lot of landlords may decided not to accept pets now.
    As a landlord I do not accept pets or smoking - this is written in the contract
    • need an answer
    • By need an answer 16th May 19, 5:55 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:55 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:55 PM
    Although its not just LL's who can restrict the occupation of pets in a property.

    Some leaseholders whether they are owners or LL's will still face the same restriction if the no pet clause is written into their lease

    Some sort of "discrimination" might also exist when it comes to "housing for the over 60's"...for the next x amount of years I'm sadly not allowed to buy into the villages that are springing up

    so its not just tenants with pets who face a barrier sometimes.
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    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 17th May 19, 9:18 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:18 AM
    Although its not just LL's who can restrict the occupation of pets in a property.

    Some leaseholders whether they are owners or LL's will still face the same restriction if the no pet clause is written into their lease

    Some sort of "discrimination" might also exist when it comes to "housing for the over 60's"...for the next x amount of years I'm sadly not allowed to buy into the villages that are springing up

    so its not just tenants with pets who face a barrier sometimes.
    Originally posted by need an answer
    Blanket 'no pets' clauses in long leases are considered unfair and unenforceable. An indoor-only cat, house rabbit or fish in an aquarium do not affect other residents nor the communal areas.

    What is possible is for a freeholder or managing agent to restrict access of pets to any communal areas, inside or outside. Corridors, lifts, gardens, car park. Anything between the flat door and the public highway, or inside the flat to inside a private car.

    In theory this could mean a pet carrier would have to be used to take a dog outside for a walk or to relieve themselves. Obviously this would be more problematic for some dogs more than others, and in some properties more than others!
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    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 17th May 19, 9:23 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:23 AM
    I suppose it could be discrimination if your pet is a black Labrador or an Irish Setter.
    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 17th May 19, 10:27 AM
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    I suppose it could be discrimination if your pet is a black Labrador or an Irish Setter.
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    A sad tail of discrimination from an Irish pedigree.
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