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HMO tenant with unauthorised dog!
4:57 pm
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First time posting here – so I hope I am in the right place!

I had a text on Friday from an HMO tenant asking me to have a word with the tenant in the room above him because he was being disturbed by her dog!

WTF – I never said she could have a dog!

Anyway I found out that it had been there a while.  I text her and said its against the terms and to call me.  She did.  She was saying please please can I have the dog, its no trouble, its only small (handbag dog) etc.  Also she said she had asked all the other tenants and they said they didn’t have an issue with it!  Bloody charming.  I reminded her the house belongs to me and she must ask me for permission not the other tenants.

Anyway – I am not happy about it – mainly because she has deceived me…

I have drafted a response… hope you may be able to give me some feedback on the response.



Hi Zaneta

Without Prejudice

Following on from our conversation on Friday about your pet dog, I am afraid that I have no alternative but to ask you to remove the dog from your room.  It is a breach of the tenancy agreement that you signed – as stated below.

“1.19 Not to keep any animals, reptiles, inserts, rodents or birds at the premises without the express written permission of the Landlord”

Whilst I appreciate you approached the other tenants for permission, it is not their decision.  The property belongs to me and we have an agreement that you signed which says you understand the conditions of living in the house.

For the record I am a very fair and understanding person, and had you come to me first the decision may have been different.  The reasons and complications of having a dog in a shared household are too lengthy to mention here but I am happy to give you an explanation if desired.

I am giving you 7 days to find a new home for the dog or I will have to give you formal notice to leave and you will have to surrender your tenancy.  


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There is now a legal precedent where if there is a clause in the lease stating no dogs or pets then it is enforceable.

1:55 pm
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But be cautions, your tenancy says “animals” and she is not keeping animals, just a single animal.  I believe there is a legal precedent for this situation and the landlord lost.  Judges can be pedantic.

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