Property News: Gov New Pet Friendly Tenants Rules


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Kevin McDonnell keeps you in the know this week as he discusses this week's hot topics in the property world. Kevin talks through the government's new ‘pet friendly’ tenancy contract initiative which will see all landlords being obliged to rent to tenants with ‘well behaved’ pets and whether or not landlords should continue to invest in urban areas. Kevin also looks at news within the progressive property community which looks at which bank to secure a limited company account with.


Property News:

  • In a recent report by ‘Landlord Today’, , they discussed how the government wants to introduce pet friendly tenancy contracts as standard. The new agreement means that renters with what are described as ‘well behaved pets’ will be able to secure tenancies easier.

  • Landlords will no longer be able to issue blanket bans on pets, instead consent for pets will be the default position. The landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good enough reason. The reasoning behind this introduction is that the government says currently just 7% of private landlords advertise for pet friends properties meaning many people with pets struggle to find suitable homes.

  • There has been a lot of talk of people buying properties away from cities due to COVID-19. Long term you want to be buying in the bigger towns or cities. It all comes back to supply and demand, if you’re buying a house in the middle of the county you are going to struggle to buy a tenant for that property. Nearly 7/10 landlords will continue to target property in urban areas.

  • Mortgage Works has now announced that they are launching new limited company mortgages targeting the growing number of incorporated ‘buy to let’ landlords. The new rates at 75% loan to value (are also available for new mortgages) are two year fixed rates currently at 3.34%. The more lenders that start to come into limited companies, the more competitive it will be, which is great for landlords.

Progressive Property:

  • A property has added a £146,500 increase in value due to the adding of a second bedroom. The property was purchased as a one bedroom flat for £303,500 and then converted part of the kitchen into a second bedroom which increased the value of the property.

  • The reality is during the middle of COVID-19 it is very difficult to get a bank account with many banks. The banks are worried that you are just trying to receive the bounceback loan from the government. Once the bounceback loans opportunity closes, you will see banks will begin to allow you to open up their bank account again.

  • Longterm, the best bank to have a limited company account with is probably Natwest or Lloyds. These two banks are both lenders who lend in commercial finance at a very good rate.


“How do you describe a well behaved pet?”

“The reality is, it is mainly homeowners that are looking to buy outside the cities.”

“68% are looking to buy in urban areas despite the coronavirus countryside craze.”

“These rates will change if you’re listening to this in the future.”

“A lot more people should be looking at that strategy.”


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Kevin McDonnell is a Speaker, Author, Mentor & Professional Property Investor. He is an expert when it comes to creative property investment strategies. His book No Money Down: Property Invest talks about how to control and cash flow other people’s property to create financial freedom.


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