By Ali Theobald
Cats Protection launched a major new campaign called Purrfect Landlords to help more people living in rented housing own a pet.
The aim is to transform renting so that responsible cat ownership benefits landlords and tenants – therefore happy landlords, happy tenants, happy cats. If you rent your home, you want to feel settled and secure. If you’re a landlord you want to know your property is being well-looked-after.
A pet cat can be part of the home, and tenants therefore feel happier and more likely to stay longer, which is good news for landlords. Cats Protection has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants about allowing cats into their properties and addressing concerns.
The link to this information is cats.org.uk/purrfectlandlords which includes free downloaded legal wording for landlords and letting agents to add to their own agreements.
There is also advice to tenants. Cats Protection research shows that less than half (42%) of private rented housing allows cats. In this present economic climate, when it can prove harder to buy a property, sadly very few rented properties accept cats.
In contrast to the private sector, social housing providers recognise cats help improve their tenants’ mental health and well-being.
Our city centre collection in August raised an amazing £296.38 and we are grateful to all who supported the charity. The charity stall is in The Maltings on Saturday, September 7.
Salisbury Cats Protection