After four years without updates the Ministry of Housing’s model tenancy agreement used by millions of landlords in England will be given a refresh including new ‘pets clause’ guidance.

The government is expected to publish its revised model tenancy for England within the next few days, LandlordZone has been told.

Civil servants have been working hard on putting the document together after Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on January 6th that the existing model agreement, which is available to download online for landlords and letting agents, would be updated to be more ‘pet friendly’.

A revised draft of the tenancy has been doing the rounds within the industry as Ministry of Housing officials have sought organisations’ feedback on the changes.

Any alterations to the document will have a significant impact on landlords, many of whom use it as a template when issuing ASTs to tenants.

The current document has for some time been extremely vague about pets, its guidance box reminding tenants that they are banned from keeping pets without a landlords’ permission, and urging landlords not to be ‘unreasonable’ when giving consent.
It is believed that this guidance is to be reworded and its recommendations rebalanced between tenant and landlord and will strongly urge landlords to accept tenants with pets unless it’s ‘impractical’.

The model tenancy is also expected to reflect legislative changes that have taken place since the last update including, for example, the tenant fees ban and changes to electrical safety regulations.

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