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Should Jersey landlords be prevented from blanket banning pets?

Should Jersey landlords be prevented from blanket banning pets?

Saturday 27 May 2023

Should Jersey landlords be prevented from blanket banning pets?

Saturday 27 May 2023

Islanders are being asked share their views on whether Jersey's rental laws should have a provision to prevent landlords from imposing blanket bans on pets.

The Renters (Reform) Bill, proposed to the UK Parliament last week, has been described as a “once-in-a-generation overhaul of housing laws.”

One key element of the proposals would give tenants the legal right to request a pet in their home, which landlords cannot unreasonably refuse. 

Tech start-up PetsScore, which conducted research on this topic in 2021, found that only 7% of UK landlords accept pets. As a result, the Chief Executive of charity Dogs Trust told the BBC that this reform could be "a potential game-changer".

With Jersey's Housing Minister also working on updating the island's rental laws, Express asked whether the issue of pets had been considered.

Deputy David Warr said his law drafting instructions for the new Residential Tenancy Law do "not address the issue of pets", as "to date, this hasn’t been an issue of concern raised by those who have responded to the consultation on my proposals".


Pictured: The Renters (Reform) Bill would give tenants the legal right to request a pet in their home.

However, he added: "While there is a public consultation process underway, I would encourage Islanders to make suggestions on whether a provision for pets should be included in Jersey’s updated Residential Tenancy Law.

"Whilst there is not a legal provision in Jersey making acceptance of pets mandatory, many landlords do allow tenants to have pets. Our own social housing provider, Andium Homes, does allow tenants to have pets, and some of the housing trusts allow their tenants to have pets in houses.”

Chair of Jersey Rescue Dogs, Jennifer Lay, told Express: "Anything that lets people keep their pets is a good thing."

She added that she often encounters people struggling to find a place that will allow them to keep their pet, and acknowledged that it can be particularly difficult for those moving to the island who lack housing options due to their lack of Entitled residential status. 

She said: "I know that, if I couldn't find anywhere that would take me and my dog, I would be sleeping in my car. He is part of my family." 


Islanders can email their views to or submit them by clicking HERE

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Posted by Scott Mills on
sometimes pets are cleaner and tidier than humans who rent
Posted by Denise Shrives on
pets should not be separated from their beloved owners if circumstances cause owners to down size to an apartment/rented accommodation.
Posted by Isabel Jeune on
I would prefer to have a neighbour with a pet, rather than a smoker, if I lived in a flat. I do think, however, that all pets should be trained, then there is no real problem. Smoke, on the other hand seeps through walls and ceilings, which I think is far worse.
Posted by Martin on
The land-LORD owns the property & FACT that animals leave a certain scent & often damage property!

IF a potential renter does not like a NO PETS contract then try elsewhere!

Why should the owner have to compromise?

I agree with the above comment but DO remember the house my mother rented out where they had parrots but NO cage! The house was wrecked!
Posted by CERI Twiston Davies on
I have personally witnessed the appalling condition that tenants have left a rented property in, that is someone’s home. At present it is at the landlord’s discretion and should remain so. To return to your home after a mid term length rent to find it uninhabitable if not a health hazard is not easily forgotten nor the expense of rectification. It is sometimes forgotten by tenants on lengthier leases that it is not their property to do with what they like.
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