This month I was proud to present to the House of Commons proposed legislation which I know people in Havering will deeply sympathise with, as we are a borough animal lovers.
In what’s called a Private Members’ Bill, I highlighted the terrible impact that “no pets” policies can have on individuals and families, many of whom are forced to give up their beloved pets when moving into rented accommodation.
More often than not, these policies are completely unnecessary. In cases when the accommodation is suitable and the owner is “responsible” (i.e. the pet is vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, and so on), I cannot see why landlords should be able to prevent tenants from living with their faithful friend in their new home.
My legislation, to be known as “Jasmines Law”, is backed by a huge number of organisations, including the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the former calling my proposed bill “a big step forward.” With more and more in the south of England – including in Havering – moving into rented accommodation, it is so important that pet and especially dog owners have the faith and reassurance that they will be able to keep their beloved pets when they move.
As one of Havering’s best-known dog owners, I have great pride that I could bring this proposal to the House of Commons. I hope the government will take this on board and support my Bill, or perhaps bring forward a change of law within their own legislation soon and end this injustice once and for all.