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PE01706: Introduce a law to allow pets in rented and supported accommodation

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Geraldine Mackenzie


Date Lodged: 10 October 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a law to allow all Scottish residents who live in rented and supported accommodation to let their pets live with them.

Petition History:


25 October 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Association of Landlords, COSLA and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. Link to the Official Report 25 October 2018

30 May 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to the Official Report 30 May 2019

21 November 2019: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government and other stakeholders are of the view that non-legislative measures are more proportionate to address the action called for in the petition. Link to Official Report of Meeting 21 November 2019

Written Submissions:

To avoid stress & separation anxiety akin to bereavement for both tenant & pet. Discourage the cultural notion of "disposable" pets. Relieve burden of rescue centres.


8:39 on 29 Sep 2018

I have been to flats when I was on District Nursing training, the smell of urine soaked carpets and dogs faeces were apppalling,most probably penetrating through floor boards. That is the only reason why I think Landlords do not allow pets!

Hale Armani

18:35 on 21 Sep 2018

It's vital that animals are also given rights and not discriminated against by private landlords and agencies . This would sort out the housing crisis as so many have been forced to rely on social housing because they can't take their pets onto private rent property's.

Calum Boydon

19:05 on 13 Sep 2018

People often end up in rented accommodation through circumstances not choice. To be parted from a beloved pet can cause severe depression.

pam coombes

8:33 on 11 Sep 2018

Pets are like children to us we are responsible for them for their lifetime it is cruel to make people give up their beloved pet just because of unnecessary rules!


23:45 on 10 Sep 2018

Pets are part of the family & should not be parted at the most vulnerable time of people's lives.

Elizabeth Welch

17:13 on 07 Sep 2018

For many of us, our pets are our only family. They make us healthier and happier. We all need more of both!

Angel May

14:28 on 07 Sep 2018

It's been proven that pets enrich lives and can help the sick and elderly why would you ever rob people of that these pets are family and are just as important

Sue Taylor

20:30 on 06 Sep 2018

CThis is a cause that is close to my heart. It is so heartbreaking for families and pets to have to give their pets away in order to have somewhere to live. Pets are family to most people, and they deserve to be allowed to stay with the families that love them and have a place to live too.

Jenny Sylivant

20:21 on 06 Sep 2018

Pets are our family and we need them with us

Felicity Collins

17:55 on 06 Sep 2018

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