Housing Landlord Services Housing Management Pet Policy Overall Objectives The objective is to provide a consistent approach to pet ownership in Council properties, which will be: a) b) c) d) Clear and unambiguous, Open to inspection by all interested parties, To promote a consistent approach for responsible pet ownership, To provide a reference document for housing staff and tenants. Background Pet ownership in Britain has risen enormously over the last few decades. (The Pathway and Pet Advisory Committee Publication, June 2007) This increase in pet ownership has led to the Council wanting to promote responsible pet ownership amongst tenants and residents. Policy As part of the tenancy agreement, tenants are required to request permission to keep a pet and agree to ensure their pet(s) will not cause nuisance or disturbance to other residents. Permission will not unreasonably be withheld. All tenants are required to advise the Council of the pet(s) they propose to keep in their properties. This request will then be considered and permission will be granted or refused in line with Council policy. Dogs must not be kept in Council owned properties prior to obtaining written permission. This rule also applies to registered working/assistance dogs. The Council does not allow dogs to be kept in Category 2 sheltered housing schemes with the exception of registered working/assistance dogs. (Please note that new tenants who own a dog prior to moving into Category 2 accommodation may be granted special permission to keep this animal on the understanding that following its death it will not be replaced) Permission may be withdrawn if tenants do not keep their pet(s) in a responsible manner and in accordance with their tenancy agreement. Where appropriate the Council will require as a condition of granting permission suitable insurance cover to be obtained to indemnify the tenant against any claim for damages (from a third party) caused by or resulting from the keeping/owning of a pet in Council accommodation. While the Council may grant permission to keep a pet the responsibility for the said animal remains solely with the owner and the Council accepts no liability whatsoever for any pet(s) kept in its properties. Terms and Conditions that apply to keeping pets in Council properties 1. In properties with communal areas pets must be confined to the owner’s home and must not be allowed to roam free or be tethered in communal areas. 2. Pets must not be left unattended on patios or balconies. 3. Pets are not allowed to foul communal areas and any accidents must be cleared immediately and disposed of appropriately. 4. Pets in transit are to be carried, restrained by a leash or placed in an appropriate animal carrier. 5. Pet owners are responsible for any damage caused by their pets and appropriate insurance may be required as a condition of permission being granted. 6. No pet shall be allowed to cause any nuisance or create any unreasonable disturbance. Failure to comply with any of the above terms and conditions may result in permission being withdrawn.