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Pets and animals

Pets and animals
If you are a council tenant this page will help you to understand your responsibilities if you keep pets in your home. Prospective tenants will be advised of any restrictions on keeping pets and animals when a property is offered to them.

The full policy is available in the Documents section of this page. This has been developed after consultation with tenants and animal welfare organisations.

Requesting permission

You need written permission to keep a pet in a council home. You should use the application form in the ‘documents’ section of the website. In properties where pets are permitted, you can keep small domestic pets (such as: rabbits, rodents, fish and caged birds) and a maximum of two dogs or cats (i.e. a total of 2 animals).

Refusal of permission
Permission will be refused in some circumstances, for example;

  • You are not allowed to keep more pets than the policy allows (a maximum of 2 cats or dogs and a reasonable number of smaller animals).
  • You are not allowed to keep wild animals, livestock or dangerous animals.
  • You are not allowed to keep pets in some property types such as high rise blocks and flats with a communal entrance.
  • You may be refused permission on animal welfare grounds if you have a history of animal neglect or cruelty.
  • You may no longer be allowed to keep a pet that causes a nuisance, frightens or annoys people or damages council property.

Permission can be refused on other grounds. If we refuse permission we will write to you to let you know the reasons for our decision.

Your tenancy agreement
Your tenancy agreement states that you must abide by the pets policy.  Failing to do so could result in tenancy enforcement action including the loss of your home.