Henry Smith MP has reiterated his support for a Bill which calls for an end to blanket ‘no pets’ clauses in rented accommodation.
The Crawley MP is a proud sponsor of the Dogs & Domestic Animals (Accommodation & Protection) Bill, a Private Members’ Bill introduced by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell in October of last year.
Known as ‘Jasmine’s Law’, the bill would establish the right to bring a pet into rented accommodation, subject to certain requirements and exemptions. For example, pet-owners would be expected to demonstrate that they meet a legal definition of ‘responsible ownership’.
“Britain is a nation of animal lovers, and Crawley is no different. With more and more people renting, it’s intolerable that so many are forced to give up their beloved pet in order to move into rented accommodation.
“I know this campaign will be one dear to the heart of many in Crawley.”
The legislation is backed by animal welfare organisations including the RSPCA, Battersea, Street Vet and Cats Protection.
The bill’s second reading has been delayed, due to the suspension of Friday sittings of the House of Commons, however a launch event will take place on 26th February with guest speakers from Parliament and major animal welfare organisations.
Andrew Rosindell MP commented;
“The pandemic has brought into focus the importance of pets to our well-being. It is time for the law to recognise this by giving people the right under certain conditions to bring pets into rented accommodation.
“I have been enormously humbled by the huge support I have received from this campaign. It is vital we build up support both inside and outside of Parliament, and I am delighted to receive the support of my colleague Henry Smith MP in this.”
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said;
“The RSPCA is happy to support this Bill, which would be a big step forward for dog owning renters. With more people living in rented accommodation – whether private or social housing – the issue of the lack of dog friendly rental options is becoming an increasing problem for dog owners and animal welfare charities alike.”