Labor says the government must end the blanket ban on pets in rented accommodation.
Abour Housing spokeswoman Rebecca Moynihan said people who are given homes in approved housing facilities have reported being asked to choose between a roof over their heads or their pet.
Senator Moynihan said “common sense” needs to be used with pets in rental homes.
“When it comes to housing, the government consistently fails to find a sensible approach to the issues that affect people. Renting has to work for people,” she said.
“We shouldn’t have a bizarre situation where people are being asked to choose between a roof over their heads or their pet. Anyone who has a pet knows they are a member of the family, and whether you own your home or rent your home, pets should be treated the same.
“Labour’s Renters’ Rights Bill would end the blanket ban on pets in rented accommodation and bring Ireland’s renting rights into the 21st century.”
Senator Moynihan said this issue is affecting a wide range of renters who want the “companion and companionship” of a pet in their home.
She said pets play a “huge role” in people’s lives as they provide emotional support that improves overall well-being.
“I have been particularly impressed by a number of elderly people who have approached my office. Many are asked to give up their beloved pet when moving into an assisted living situation,” she said.
“We cannot have a situation where people have to take the risk of turning down a home rather than giving up their beloved cat or dog. It is unfair that the government could end this blanket ban with the stroke of a pen.
“Last year the UK’s Housing Secretary introduced a model lease that ended the blanket ban on pets. Now landlords can only ban animals for valid reasons, e.g. B. in smaller properties or apartments where it is not practical. The Minister has the power to make the same change here.
“They are our friends and our family. With more people renting homes than ever before, we need to find ways to allow responsible owners to have their pets and companions in their rental homes. Renting has to work for people.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/government-must-end-the-blanket-ban-on-pets-in-rented-accommodation-says-labour-party-41994066.html Government must end blanket ban on pets in rented accommodation, Labor Party says