The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected a “blanket approach” after experts advised against banning pets from properties.

The suggestion was put forward by a think tank formed by flatshare finder SpareRoom to look into how tenants are affected by pet bans in private rentals.

The think tank consists of pet owners and experts in housing and animal welfare including charities, vets and landlords.

It is hoped the group will challenge landlords to change their minds about renting to pet-owning households and encourage more animal-friendly rentals in the UK, in light of the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of pet ownership – and the steady increase in the number of people forced by austerity to rent rather than buy a property.


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