‘Renting with pets’ activists mark tragic death of supporter David Amess MP

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‘Renting with pets’ activists mark tragic death of supporter David Amess MP

Campaigners hoping to persuade ministers to make it easier for landlords to accept tenants with pets have been marking the death of ‘staunch supporter’ and politician David Amess.

The 69-year-old Southend West MP died on Friday after being stabbed during a constituency surgery he held within a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Amess, who was well-known as a supporter of animal causes, earlier this year added his name to a campaign organised by East Midlands based organisation AdvoCATS to have the Tenant Fees Act amended to allow landlords to either take additional deposits off tenants seeking to rent with pets or require tenants to take out extra insurance.

He was one of 42 MPs and Lords who the campaign had signed up, along with many key organisations including UKALA, the NRLA, Hamilton Fraser, the , Propertymark, LandlordLaw, the LibDems, Generation Rent, OpenRent, Property Tribes, LandlordZONE and landlord association EMPO.

Jennifer Berezai (pictured), who co-founded AdvoCATS, says: “Every so often you get a politician who transcends the political divide and holds the deep respect and affection that was felt for Sir David Amess.

“He was a staunch supporter of many animal related charities and movements, including Heads for Tails! and was due to raise a question on our campaign’s behalf in parliament later this month, so his murder has an extra element of sadness for us.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues who have been robbed of a good man.”
AdvoCATS’ Heads for Tails! report calls for changes to the law to make renting with pets ‘fair and easier for all’.

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Landlords slam former Labour shadow chancellor’s ‘rent freeze’ proposal

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell has called for a year-long rent freeze to combat rising energy bills and the universal credit payment cut.

It follows the latest Household Resilience Study that shows 7% of private renters were in arrears in April-May, up from 3% in 2019/20, amounting to more than 780,000 renters.

However, his post on social media was quickly scorned by many landlords who posted that the move would only make PRS properties even more scarce.

One tweeted: “Why the obsession with landlords….I can tell you, you are widening the gap and causing far more good landlords to leave it to the bad ones. I’m getting sick of the perpetual one-sided argument.”

Another : “Why not suggest energy companies freeze prices or supermarkets freeze food prices. Are landlords just soft targets or seen as evil people for choosing BTL as an investment instead of stocks and shares like most MPs.”

Rent freeze

McDonnell has urged Rishi Sunak to impose the year-long rent freeze for all public and private sector tenants in England at the upcoming autumn Budget.

“Many families are facing a winter of worry and hardship from the cut in universal credit, hikes in energy prices and record rent rises,” he said.

“It’s a really tough and uncertain time for so many. A will relieve many of them of major pressure on their household budgets this Christmas and provide increased security that they can afford to keep a decent roof over their heads. It will also assist the economic recovery from Covid by maintaining demand in our economy.”

is also pushing the need for more social housing and believes that devolved and local government should be partners in the UK government’s objective of levelling up communities.

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