Yesterday, the British Labour Party announced the new laws that it hopes the government will enact regarding animals in the United Kingdom. Several of the proposals are in line with what has already been released by the Conservative Party. However, the Labour Party has released one especially interesting proposal that would have wide ranging effects on the British pet owning population and on those who rent their homes or apartments to tenants.
As the law in the United Kingdom currently stands, landlords have the right to ban any pets from the houses or the apartments that they rent. This holds true as well for council housing which is governmental.
The Labour Party is proposing that domestic pets such as dogs and cats have the default right to live in all types of tenant housing. In practice, this would mean that a pet could only be banned from tenant housing if that pet was already known to be a source of trouble. For instance, if a dog was already known to have a history of biting people, that pet could still be banned under the proposed law. Also, if a pet had a history of severely damaging another property, that pet could be banned from tenant housing.
This newly proposed action is being hailed by those in the animal welfare movement in the United Kingdom. Many people who are sleeping in cars and can’t find housing are often out of housing because they do not want to abandon their pets. This new law if enacted could potentially get many people out of homelessness and into housing.
The Labour proposal would also help with the number of pets in shelters. Often, when people have to move, they have to relinquish their animals. These pets end up in shelters instead of with their families in the new home.