RE: Response from Jackie Doyle-Price MP - p.2

[Updated on 14th July 2018]

Jackie Doyle-Price MP to Sophia Davenport (EAPA initiative):

Not all properties are equally suitable for families with pets.

Sophia Davenport (EAPA initiative) to Jackie Doyle-Price MP:

Why not simply inverse the “start point” of it all. So, before a “no pet” restriction is imposed, Landlords should be required to obtain an additional licence. A licence that should be only issued if the service providers (Landlords) provide actual evidence that their request is substantiated and not based only on their preferences. Renting is a business, and since beauty therapists or hairdressers must pay to obtain licenses to allow them to offer their services, there is no reason why Landlords should not be subject to similar licence requirements too. It should not imply any costs in terms of public funds and most would agree that Landlords could afford it.

Sophia Davenport (EAPA initiative) to Jackie Doyle-Price MP:

The “no pet” licence requirements on the side of any Landlord to impose “no pet” restrictions would naturally limit the “no pet” properties.

Additionally, there should be a simplified process in place that would allow, for instance, a GP to issue a licence to anyone at risk of depression (following psychological assessment if needed), which allows their pets access in housing facilities even where the complex has a “no pet” policy in place.

Overprioritizing Landlords inconvenience, their power status and egos in light of simple human decency and social fairness seems to be a ridicule of sorts if it is to be given as a justification to oppose the EAPA initiative.  

Not supporting the EAPA initiative means not only not responding to the opportunity to save lives and prevent tragedies, but it is actually promoting a status quo that causes people tragedies and in fact it triggers suicides as it leaves vulnerable people exposed to an impossible choice to become homeless or give up on their family and their purpose to be alive. It is sending a message to our nation and teaches our children that it is ok to consider other living creatures as a burden and disregard compassion over business profitability.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP says, “the Government would not seek to intervene in commercial decisions”, regardless of the social justice and regardless of human life and human tragedies. If all governments assume such an attitude, there would be no NHS, children would work in coal mines from the age of 10 and slavery would still be acceptable.

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