THE REAL STORY
Whether you’re a dog, cat or bird person, for many of us, pets are our family. But what if you’re told to choose between your animals or your home?
Cruelly, with many council and private landlords refusing to allow pets, millions in the UK have faced this ultimatum.
Latest government statistics claim 4.5 million households in England (one in five) were privately rented in the year 2015-16, while 3.9 million further households were social housing tenants, with more than 70,000 homeless households living in temporary accommodation.
That means more than
37 per cent of us are living under someone else’s roof.
As your parents always said, ‘Their roof, their rules.’ It’s much the same for renters now.
Anne Baxendale, director of communications, policy and campaigns for housing and homelessness charity Shelter, said, ‘Shelter’s research shows that being able to keep a pet is, for some, an important part of what makes a house a home.
‘Sadly, many pet owners struggle to find homes when so many landlords refuse to rent to them outright.’
Real People’s Miyo Padi talks to readers forced to make the agonising choice between their home and their heart…