The cap on tenancy deposits is not retrospective. It’s quite simple you want a cheaper rent get rid of the dog. Renters who paid a deposit of more than five week's rent and signed their tenancy agreement before June 1, but then renew it, even if that's at the same property, could be owed some cash back. When a potential tenant applies with a Pet we simply say got to pay extra and they never complain. With the five week deposit cap, landlords may be deterred from letting to tenants with pets or forced to charge higher rents to cover any potential losses.” JLL says the increase would depend on the rental value, but it anticipates a rise of three to four per cent. Pets Landlords who could be talked into accepting a family pet on the basis that the tenant was happy to pop another small deposit down for potential animal damage now don’t have that reassurance and, as a consequence are likely to say no to pets. Certainly not the tenants for sure. If your current deposit is over the 5-week cap before 1 June 2019, then the excess will be refunded when the tenancy ends, or you sign a new, fixed-term tenancy at some point in the future. No court could ever prove that a 'goodwill gesture' was ever a deposit!! A pet fee is a one-time payment that acts as an admission fee for allowing the pet to stay in a rental. Would you like to subscribe to future comments? To keep the pet(s) from damaging any property belonging to the landlord/agent or others; 5. U ntil now the UK has struggled to recycle plastic waste but that could soon change. We value your safety and feedback. New rulings have benefitted no one it seems! I am one of very few landlords in my area that will consider a pet, up to now I have taken an extra deposit, however as I am no longer allowed to take that extra deposit I will have to either say no pets or charge an increased rent. I can see where you are coming from Geoff but the problem we have now is that often the deposit we are allowed to hold is no where near enough when a property has not been looked after well. Landlord licensing ‘risks giving vulnerable people Covid-19’ - claim, Eviction ban until mid-March introduced by Scottish Government, Section 21 is sometimes mis-used, admits landlords’ chief, Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review, London rents fall but stronger performance in rest of the UK. For example: A landlord asks for $300 of non-refundable pet fees plus $600 in deposits. Learn all you need to know about your housing rights with an ESA. Existing tenancy deposits that exceed five weeks (or six weeks where rent is over £50,000 per annum) can be held for the duration of the tenancy. Landlords are not required to repay any tenancy deposit that exceeds the cap until a pre-commencement tenancy ends. If a letting agent charges extra per month for a pet, in lieu of a pet damage deposit, can it be justified at the end of the tenancy that they also hold back some of the usual damage deposit to cover, for example, deodorising a carpet. Moreover, drinks container litter is a serious issue which needs targeted policy action to overc… It is not refundable in the event that the pet is removed prior to the expiration of the lease. Jump to latest comment and add your reply. We do Pet rent but of course it’s inc to make total rent and never referred to. Surely all a LL has to do is issue a 6 month AST at a higher rent including what would have been a pet deposit. “The only way to do it is to charge higher rent,” said Karolina Misiukiewicz of Elliot Oliver, an estate agent in Cheltenham. The end of a t enancy includes when a new fixed term tenancy is agreed or the tenancy comes to an end. Dogs are the most common pets in the UK, and if there’s any type of household pet that is capable of destroying a house, my money is on a dog. Surely all a LL has to do is issue a 6 month AST at a higher rent including what would have been a pet deposit. Interpretation. In 2014, Britain produced 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste. We went to one place where they wanted a reference for the dog. Perhaps the powers that be should speak to landlords and agents and think things through and their potential consequences before coming up with random rulings which actually benefit no-one! At the end of the lease, the landlord must … _____ The monthly rent of the property will be increased to $_____. Please see our Privacy Policy for information regarding the processing of your data. Pet point. Smaller pets like fish, hamsters and rabbits aren’t usually a problem. A deposit is usually returned only at the end of a tenancy and when the tenant does not intend to remain at the property. If a landlord asks for pet fee plus deposit, it's important to note that pet fees will kick in first in the event of pet damage.