Pets in your managed residential property

If you’re living in a managed residential property, could your favourite pet pooch land you in a spot of bother? It’s common that when people move into new premises, whether they’ve bought the property or renting, they may not read the small print. Ignoring this may mean your beloved pet gets the boot!

In this small print can contain important information, ignoring it could mean that you are breaching your contract and get you in trouble with the freehold owners. Part of the lease may state that ‘no pets are allowed in the property’. So when you are moving, it’s wise to read the detail first.

But surely a small cat flap for your kitten will be ok won’t it? Well, as much as you may enjoy the pet that lives with you – not everyone shares the same thought. It’s a common situation (and not just in managed properties!) we hear neighbours complain about next doors cat digging up the garden, or the dog barking in the early hours. Of course, we’re not against animals and pets, but when it comes to the lease – the rules are the rules.

For the pet lover, do check your lease as some allow the Management Company the discretion to grant permission to allow a leaseholder a pet  – this is normally based on the condition that if there are any complaints then permission can be retracted at any time. Most are more willing to grant permission to cats than dogs for obvious reason.

However don’t be fooled by being discreet and not getting permission. Even the smallest cat or dog flaps can catch the eye of a neighbour. You run the risk of being reported to the managing agent and no one wants the job of parting the pet from the owner.

So rule number 1 – before moving, check your lease and conditions! If you’re a pet lover, don’t think you’ll be able to persuade your neighbours to love your dog, just find a property that allows animals willingly.

Secondly – if you are the neighbour with the torn up garden from the cat next door, keep calm and call your managing agent. All too often neighbours will take matters into their own hands and can cause disputes. Ask your agent to help you; owners of the pets may be quite distressed at the thought of their pets not being allowed in their property.

Lastly – once again, read the small print. It goes without saying that leases are important (and legal) documents… if there are terms that you do not understand, chat with your managing agent who should be able to clarify any questions.

What other important rules have come across in your lease? Why not share them below so others don’t fall into the same trap! Any questions – feel free to contact the team.

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