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    #46
    The property agent told you you can get consent for a house cat.

    Your solicitor told you the lease says cats can be kept with consent.

    The HA told you that they would grant permission pending the information provided. Presumably they want to reserve the right to refuse if you applied to keep a pet cougar or suchlike.

    I don't think you're ever going to do better than all of that with a flat. They will never tell you you don't need consent because they need to be able to ban pets that cause a nuisance (noise, fleas, smell, whatever).

    If it were me I would move in with my cat and stop worrying. (And make sure it doesn't disturb the neighbours!)


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      #47
      Originally posted by Jake0254 View Post
      the legality of a blanket ban is certainly questionable to say the least and would likely be objected to based upon the OFT Guidance (appreciate they don’t exist any longer, but I am assuming that any replacement guidance would mimic the general sense that such a blanket ban would be considered unfair - I haven’t found any replacement guidance yet)
      Regardless of its provenance, the OFT guidance was based on short term letting, not long term leases.
      It was called "Guidance on unfair terms in tenancy agreements"

      The document has been replaced with a more general guide to unfair terms in contracts.
      But it relates to consumer contracts, which a property lease is not.
      You receive legal advice when you sign a lease, so you are presumed to be aware of what it is that you are signing.

      If your solicitor actually believes that a term of the lease is unfair, he should advise you not to sign it.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #48
        Originally posted by HazeltonLane View Post
        If it were me I would move in with my cat and stop worrying. (And make sure it doesn't disturb the neighbours!)
        Really? Bad advice. The way to do that is to hermetically seal all entrances and exits to your flat, have a space capsule like double front door with a shower unit, and seal all windows near other flat windows.

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