Ask Lorraine – We have always stipulated that none of our tenants are allowed to keep pets in our properties. We are not being unreasonable, my husband has a pet allergy and suffers very badly with chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing whenever he comes in contact with them. We have always explained the reason for our no pets policy.
My husband called round to our latest tenants as they were having an issue with the garage door. Imagine his response when he found the tenants had gone against our wishes and had two dogs in the property.
We now feel that we have lost all trust in our tenants and would like to know what are options are.
B.W & S.W
Lorraines Answer – Landlords usually have a clause prohibiting pet ownership for many reasons i.e potential damage to the property, noise, fleas, or even problems for future tenants if they have pet allergies.
Do you have a clause in your tenancy agreement prohibiting pet ownership at the property? If not then I would recommend that you include a clause for any future tenancies.
If you do have such a clause then the good news – you can give your tenants notice under section 8 clause 12 of the Housing Act 1988. This section covers a breach of the tenancy agreement.
Write to your tenants and ask them to remove the pets, ensure you refer to the clause in the tenancy agreement. I say write to your tenants as you should always document any correspondence with your tenants, if you have to take them to court you are able to supply any evidence requested by the courts.
If the pets are not removed, you will need to take the next step to seek possession of the property. You can find form 3 plus lots of information on Eviction under section 8 clause 12 here:
Should you not wish to get involved yourselves in the possession paperwork, then a solicitor or letting agent would be able to help.
Until next week.