PetScore referencing service for landlords officially launches

A tech professional who is also a landlord has launched what she believes to be the ideal ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - PetScore referencing service for landlords officially launches | LandlordZONE.

PetScore referencing service for landlords officially launches

A tech professional who is also a landlord has launched what she believes to be the ideal solution to the impasse between landlords who won’t take tenants with pets, and the estimated 7.6 million tenants in the UK who want to live with their cats or dogs.

Natasha Homer-Earley (left), whose family has a rental portfolio in the UK but who also has a tech background, has today officially launched PetsScore, which is a dog and cat referencing service for landlords, tenants and letting agents.

In development for months, it enables tenants to register their pets for free including information about their pet’s microchip number, breed/size/weight, vaccinations, pet insurance, medical treatments, pet training, landlord/letting agent references, exercise levels and pet temperament.

PetScore will charge agents a small fee or subscription to see pet references, but pet owners are also able to share their reference with landlords and other property owners. Homer-Earley says she expected to add an insurance element to the platform at a later date, enabling tenants whose pets don’t pass muster to be insured against any damage.

Pets anywhere

She says her service will also be applicable to the Airbnb/short lets sector and will eventually cover other kinds of pet as demand dictates, and may eventually be integrated into CRM systems. She also has plans to go global, as her platform applies to any rental market where ‘pets in lets’ are a contentious issue.

PetScore has launched in the midst of a hot debate within the privately rented sector about pets. The government recently altered its to require landlords to take pets unless they have good reason not to, while campaigning group AdvoCATS received cross-party support for its attempt to persuade Ministers to alter the Tenant Fees Act to enable pet deposits to be legal.

And MP Andrew Rosindell to go even further. His Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill hoped to give renters the right to live with their pet, but has so far been thwarted in parliament.

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The cost of the evictions moratorium for thousands of landlords during the pandemic have been laid bare. ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Landlords paid £35,000 per eviction during Covid, says lettings agency | LandlordZONE.

Landlords paid £35,000 per eviction during Covid, says lettings agency

The cost of the evictions moratorium for thousands of landlords during the pandemic have been laid bare.

Largely due to the loss of rent during the average 51-week, eviction costs when ejecting rogue tenants rose to £35,000 from £11,820 new research shows.

Letting agency Benham & Reeves says the costs and time required to remove an uncooperative tenant who refused to negotiate or communicate and who damaged the property were lengthened significantly by the temporary Covid eviction restrictions introduced by the government.

The company says this includes a 10-week delay caused by the disruption caused to the court system during the pandemic.

shocking

“The situation for landlords throughout the pandemic has been shocking and while eviction notice periods have now been reduced to four months, many continue to lose thousands in rental income every month due to rogue tenants and the long delays suffered while trying to evict them,” says Marc von Grunherr, a director of (pictured, below). 

“We’re talking about professional crooks who have taken severe advantage of legislation designed to support those who are actually suffering financially and are in need of support.

“We had one particular case where a tenant moved into a new property at Television Centre [in Shepherds Bush, London) in October 2019 and only ever paid the first month’s rent and nothing thereafter.

“The eviction hearing was on 30th March this year and we couldn’t get a bailiff appointment until 25th August 2021.  The poor owner suffered a loss of over £50,000 plus to add salt to the wounds the tenant stole all the landlord’s furniture.”

The research, which is based on average repair costs, rents and legal fees, reveals London to have the highest eviction costs during Covid (£45,574) and the North East the lowest (£30,290).

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