Housing Minister Eddie Hughes (pictured main) has met two leading ‘pets with let’ campaigners to hear why they believe the PRS needs a solution to convince more landlords to accept tenants with cats and dogs.

The London meeting of the Department of Leveling Up, Housing and Communities was attended by: Andrew Rosindell MP (photo) and Jen Berezai, the founder of campaign organization AdvoCATS.

So far, the government has rejected calls to change the legislation to allow landlords to accept separate “pet deposits,” something the Tenants Act prohibits, claiming that landlords can use the five-week rent deposit limit to cover the potential cost damage to their property during a rental period.

The meeting with Hughes followed Rosindell’s parliamentary question to the minister in late November, which called for legislation to be amended to ‘make renting with pets easier and fairer for everyone’.

Hughes, who de #HeadsForTails report of AdvoCATS on the issues faced by tenants who had pets in October, additional data was also shown from key organizations including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Cats Protection, the NOAH, NRLA and the Property Recovery Scheme.

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Berezai (pictured) says the scale of the problem “appears to be catching on” with the minister, who promised to look into the issues raised further and meet again in the new year.

“These are small steps, but the invitation for a face-to-face meeting with Eddie Hughes was an excellent opportunity to explain our case. The door to the DLUHC is open and we’re talking – that’s clear progress,” Berezai says.

Rosindell added: “Today was a positive step in the campaign to make it easier to bring pets in rented accommodation.

“As the minister has shown in the constructive way the meeting progressed, the government is taking this matter seriously and is listening sincerely to proposals to remedy the situation.”

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