More tenants can keep pets and landlords banned from refusing benefit claimants in new renting rights revealed | The Sun

LANDLORDS will no longer be able to point blank ban their tenants from keeping pets under a renter rights revolution.

New laws announced today means they cannot refuse a request for an animal friend without a good reason.

Michael Gove is also outlawing snobby landlords from turning their nose up at families with children or on benefits.

And dodgy owners will further be banned from chucking out their tenants for no reason at short notice.

The notice period for rent increases will be doubled to stop greedy landlords suddenly whacking up prices.

The crackdown is the centrepiece of the Housing Secretary's "New Deal" for renters being launched in a White Paper.

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Mr Gove said: "For too long many private renters have been at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords who fail to repair homes and let families live in damp, unsafe and cold properties, with the threat of unfair ‘no fault’ eviction orders hanging over them."

Tougher standards for private rentals will be imposed to save thousands of families from living in squalor.

More than half a million renters live in dingy homes that pose a serious health risk.

Councils will be handed tougher powers to dish out harsher fines for the worst landlords and to claw back money for short-changed tenants.

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