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    I have new tenants just moved in on Sunday.
    I had a phone call on Monday to say they have two Cats which they have had for two years. Which have now been deposited at the house.

    The agents were told quite clearly no pets. On the contract it clearly states no pets, namely cats or dogs, how do I stand on this point.

    The animals moved in on day one without prior consent.

    How do I stand with the agents, as we are managing the property ourselves.
    I still do not have a copy of the tenants signed agreement or the Guarentors agreement.

    Yours Rhonnanne

    #2
    Relax, the cats won't do any harm

    Pet owners are the best tenants

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      #3
      Pets

      Just coz there cat lovers does not make them good tenants. Breaking the tenacy agreement on the first day does not bode well for the rest of the term does it...!

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        #4
        If you are renting furnished, fair enough

        Otherwise I fail to see why you believe it is your right to stop someone keeping cats. It is their home after all

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          #5
          Originally posted by nick.. View Post
          If you are renting furnished, fair enough

          Otherwise I fail to see why you believe it is your right to stop someone keeping cats. It is their home after all
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          I fail to see why they believe that it is their right to break the tenancy obligations which they knew very well before signing-up. It is your property after all.
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            #6
            Totally. I'd take them to court, they'll definately rule in the landlords favour

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              #7
              Hi Rhonnanne,

              Could you come to an agreement with your new tenants that they will pay for fumigation/damages at the end of their tenancy. Maybe get them to sign a 'clause' (pun intended!)

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                #8
                Regrettably, some people are allergic to cats and such a property owner has every right to ban the keeping of such pets in their property. The tenants have clearly breached their tenancy conditions here which were made clear to them (I assume) before they took up the tenancy. They could therefore be obliged to forefit their lease under section 8 but such a process will be expensive, It is probably better to put up with the situation for 6 months and then get rid of them under a section 21 notice which should be served immediately. They only have a 6 month AST don't they?

                P.P.
                Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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                  #9
                  Allergies to cats are allergies to their fur, which would be removed as part of the end of tenancy cleaning process, subtracted from the tenants deposit if not taken care of by the tenant

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                    #10
                    do you have a letter from the agents informing you about the prospective tenants, their names, occupation, non/smokers, pets etc - if so what does this say
                    have you spoken to the agent - it may well be the agents fault as they "omited" to tell you????
                    might be worth trying to clarify these matters before putting blame on the tenants.

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                      #11
                      Pets

                      Have been in contact with agents, they were as surprized as we were.
                      Got hold of their property manager and we were advised to send letter telling them they were in breach, advise a spot check will be carried out in one month. If property is not in good state of 'cleanliness' (ie no cat hairs, smell etc..) Then the cats can stay, if not then the cats will have to be removed from the property. The agents are sending this letter worded appropriately with a cc to ourselves. Not too happy but what else can we do...!

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                        #12
                        I had this situation in one of my properties just after Christmas.

                        A letter was sent to the tenant advising that they were in breach of the tenancy agreement and that a pet clause would be required.

                        This clause said that a further off payment would be required (£150) if the cat was going to stay and that the tenants would provide receipts at the end of the tenancy to confirm that all carpets & curtains had been professionally cleaned.

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                          #13
                          Something like that is supposed to be put into this letter too....!
                          But i will have to wait and see my copy.

                          Did you do and inspection yourselves or did your agent go!!!
                          what condition was yours in???

                          We are managing it ourselves. So curious.!

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                            #14
                            I used to manage myself, but have off loaded onto an agent last September.
                            I have known the agent for years and fully trust them, they completed the inspection on this one and then phoned me to ask what I wanted to do.

                            If I accept a tenant with a pet ( Cat, Dog etc. ) then I would always ask for a pet clause plus an extra deposit. My agent advised that I change this from deposit to rent ( OK with me! )

                            So I use the same procedure if an un-authorised pet turns up. I give the tenant the choice of either having a pet clause and pay the extra one off rent payment or lose the pet.

                            Either way, they are still in breach of the tenancy agreement and I would still deduct the cost of carpet cleaning when they moved out.

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