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Can landlord change mind over pets?

I rent a house and have two dogs, this was fine in the beginning but now the landlord says the dogs have to go. One has a bladder problem but I have paid an extra large deposit and will pay for carpet cleaning when I leave. Can the landlord suddenly decide one or both my dogs have to go?

Asked on Apr 15 2011, Renting in Gravesend | Report content

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  • Not sure about the UK - but in the US - An initial agreement between Landord and tenant is drawn up - the agreement may say "Pets allowed up to 50Ibs in weight and with a pet deposit of $200." This is an example -- Or it may be that with the initial agreement - it may stipulate "No pets"....If that is the case then the tenant should not bring a pet into the home...Landlords have their reasons for the later - maybe allergies, or pet stains on the rugs etc...what ever the case is one which has to be respected...Hope this has helped? - (we are landlords in the UK and US - we have rented in the UK sometmimes by just mentioning to the would-be tenant - "Look if you want a pet - please, just ask" ) Can a Landord change their minds? - If it's in the agreement that pets are allowed -and the tenant wants a cat or a dog say - and if the Landlord says no! That would need the citizens advice bureau to help you out - seems like that would be breaking an agreement as long as it's signed! I hope this has helped and good luck....The dog with the bladder problem - as long as you are not expecting your "pet deposit" back - then all should be fine...

    Answered on Apr 25 2011, Report content
  • This can sometimes happen. The best thing to do would have been to get it in writing - either as a separate 'pet agreement' (signed by you and the agent or landlord) or as part of the tenancy agreement. Unfortunately most tenancies state 'no pets' as a general clause and if that is in your tenancy then I think a word of mouth agreement would fall flat if the landlord decides to do what he's doing here. On the other hand, perhaps check with your local Citizens Advice Bureau, they may be able to offer more help.

    Answered on Dec 28 2011, Report content

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