Can our landlord make us get rid of our dog?

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    Can our landlord make us get rid of our dog?

    Hi

    Would realy appreciate your help on this one. We moved into a student house last week which we viwed and signed up for in November, when we were viewing the landlord said it was OK to have a dog, now he's saying we cant.
    Its only a small dog and it is definately housetrained, it's no trouble and its not as though the house is a palace anyway.

    Can he really make us get rid of it? There is no way any of our families can have it, it was a stray to start off with.

    many thanks in advance

    #2
    You could always take out suitable insurance against any damage. You could also sign a letter saying that you make sure that once the tenancy is complete that there will be no visible sign of the dog being present, carpets and any upholstery suitably cleaned.

    If that doesn't work, and if your tenancy agreement that you signed says you can't have a pet then you are in breach of your tenancy agreement in which case your landlord could theoretically serve notice on you as well as your dog.

    Look at pet agreement under agreements on the Landlord zone dot co dot uk site. (sorry can't post link as I haven't posted enough on these forums.)

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      #3
      Thanks for the suggestions, I would willingly do any of them. Trouble is the contract he gave us doesn't mention pets at all. We have said we will make sure the dog doesn't cause any damage and its not one of those dogs that barks all the time but he just isnt interested, he just says he never agreed to a dog. But he did.

      He has already got £1500 deposit money which he could use if there was any problem, I just think he hates dogs. We only agreed to sign for the house because we could have the dog with us and nobody else was interested at that time, so I think he was a bit desprate.

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        #4
        If the tenancy agreement says nothing about pets you can keep one.

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          #5
          Thats brilliant, thank you Lawcruncher. He cant make us leave though can he?

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            #6
            Is the deposit protected with one of the schemes (this is only the case providing you're in England or Wales and your rent is below £25,000 per year)?

            Is there a detailed inventory stating the condition of the property at the beginning of the tenancy?

            If the Tenancy Agreement doesn't prevent you from having a dog, it doesn't seem the LL can force you to remove it and he could not gain possession on that basis (as there is no breach).

            It seems the LL's only course of action would be to claim any costs for damage from your deposit.

            Someone else may be able to clarify the situation for you.

            edit - Lawcruncher answered more succinctly. Dammit.
            Last edited by roryl; 30-06-2010, 19:47 PM. Reason: For being slow off the mark.

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              #7
              Thanks roryl and everyone else who has responded. That is a weight off my mind, I was thinking we would have to find somewhere else to live.

              BTW yes the deposit is protected in the DPS but no inventory yet, he says he is going to give us one to fill in.

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                #8
                While you are in the fixed term of your tenancy agreement, the landlord can only remove you if you breach your tenancy agreement (section 8, 1988 Housing Act). You have already said that the agreement has no mention of pets - so you should be fine.

                However, once the fixed term is up, the landlord can evict you for any reason he likes (he doesn't have to give a reason) under section 21 of the same act.

                This is where your problem will lie. Try to use the intervening 6/12 months to make the landlord your pets bestest friend .

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Die Burgermeister View Post
                  Thats brilliant, thank you Lawcruncher. He cant make us leave though can he?
                  Not before the end of your fixed term contract (unless there is a break clause, or you breach the contract in other ways such as by not paying the rent).

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                    #10
                    Thank you again everyone, you've been very helpful. this is a great forum.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
                      This is where your problem will lie. Try to use the intervening 6/12 months to make the landlord your pets bestest friend .
                      Indeed. If you can prove to your LL that the dog has caused no problems during the fixed term of the tenancy, and that otherwise you've been model tenants, then hopefully he will not exercise his right to repossess the property.

                      For that to happen, you'll have to make a big effort to keep relations with him on really good terms, even if he kicks off about the dog and you dig your heels in. Otherwise he'll be likely to want you out regardless.

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