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Keeping pets within your home

Pets can be a great source of companionship and enrich our lives. While we understand that you may want to keep a pet within your home, you must consider the impact this can have on the pet, your property, your neighbours and your tenancy. So before getting one, you are required to complete an application form asking permission to keep a pet. These forms can be collected from Community House, you can request one from our Customer Call Centre or your Neighbourhood Officer can assist you in completing a form if they visit you at home, or you can also apply to keep a pet using the MYaccount service.

The section of your tenancy agreement entitled “What animals you can keep and how you must look after them”, clearly states what pets you can keep and what our expectation is of tenants in respect of responsible pet ownership.

There are a number of pets that cannot be kept and will not be granted permission for should a tenant request it. These include but are not limited to: goats; horses; donkeys; pigs; monkeys; snakes or any type of fowl.

Tenants can also not keep any animal which is classified as dangerous under the dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Dangerous dogs

The changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came onto force in May 2014. The new law under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 extends the Dangerous Dogs Act with harsher punishments for both owners and people responsible for the dog at the time the incident occurred, which would include dog walkers, dog sitters or friends offered to look after the dog.

This law applies to all dog owners no matter what size or breed the dog is. The following dogs are not allowed to be kept within one of our properties:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

In addition to covering these four specific breeds, this act also extends to cover any dog that appears to be a cross of these four breeds.

It is also now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and registered on an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Dogs that are found to not be microchipped can be served with a 21 day notice by an approved person eg local authority, police etc and non-compliance can result in a £500 fine. Tenants are required to provide proof of microchipping no later than 7 days after gaining permission from us.

The owners code sets out some common sense advice to protect the health of your pet, that it does not damage your property or cause nuisance to other people. You will receive a copy of this, if your application to keep a pet is approved by your Neighbourhood Officer.

Please note that at any time, we have absolute discretion to review or withdrawn consent to keep a pet if complaints or evidence is received which indicates that any conditions of the tenancy agreement have been breached.