Renters may be allowed to keep a cat or a dog without their landlords’ approval, if a new private members’ bill is voted into law.

The Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) bill, has been put forward by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell who wants to prevent landlords from banning “responsible owners” from bringing pets into rented accommodation. It is being supported by animal charities and welfare organisations, including the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

To prove they are “responsible”, renters would have to supply proof their pet is vaccinated, spayed/neutered, free of parasites and, in the case of dogs, responsive to simple commands.

“The bill will include measures to ensure that pets are suitable for the type of accommodation,” Mr Rosindell told the National Residential Landlords Association. “The no-pet clause means someone cannot have a dog over for even a short period for fear of recriminations or losing their home. Such discrimination must now end.”

The proposal is being referred to as “Jasmine’s Law,” after a dog owned by a family in Surrey that was prevented from living in a rented house.

The bill is scheduled for its second reading on 29 January 2021.

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