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    • Younganddumb
    • By Younganddumb 11th Jan 18, 9:13 PM
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    New housemate has a pet approved by landlord in 'no pets allowed'
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:13 PM
    New housemate has a pet approved by landlord in 'no pets allowed' 11th Jan 18 at 9:13 PM
    Hi,

    As topic says - I live in a shared house and had a new housemate move in yesterday who has got a pet rabbit. It was approved by the landlord despite the contract stating no pets allowed.
    The landlord did not check with the rest of the house if it would be okay so it is now too late.

    I don't have a problem with pets, in fact I love them but I am a little bit annoyed we were not consulted, especially as I have asthma and rabbit hair does trigger this for me.

    Is it worth airing these concerns to landlord? Like I said I do like pets so I don't have a problem as such with that.. but just felt we should have been consulted?
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    • Slithery
    • By Slithery 11th Jan 18, 9:17 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:17 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:17 PM
    How do you know that the new tenant has the same 'no pets allowed' clause?

    Have you seen their tenancy agreement?
    • G_M
    • By G_M 11th Jan 18, 9:18 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:18 PM
    I assume each tenant has a separate tenancy?

    So there is no obligation for each tenancy to be identical.

    However I'd think it was common courtesy forthe LLto check in the interests of household harmony. And, indeed, financial sense as other tenants might give notice ad leave if they don't like rabbits, which would cost the LL money.
    • Younganddumb
    • By Younganddumb 11th Jan 18, 9:19 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:19 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:19 PM
    How do you know that the new tenant has the same 'no pets allowed' clause?

    Have you seen their tenancy agreement?
    Originally posted by Slithery
    I have not, however, all the properties listed on the landlords website are advertised as 'no pets allowed'.
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    • HampshireH
    • By HampshireH 11th Jan 18, 9:23 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:23 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:23 PM
    Quite often "no pets allowed" is usually only enforced for cats and dogs due to possibility of damage.

    Caged pets are often seen differently.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 11th Jan 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:01 PM
    And the terms of any contract can be amended or deleted by agreement of the partties involved.

    If you are not a party to the other housemate's contract you cannot prevent the contract being altered. Hence my post above.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 11th Jan 18, 10:27 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:27 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:27 PM
    I'd assume this was a specific allowance due to the nature of a rabbit compared to dogs and cats.

    Although, a friend hs a rabbit that isn't in the cage very often and it's perfectly capable of causing a LOT of damage!
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 11th Jan 18, 10:49 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:49 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:49 PM
    A blanket clause of 'no pets allowed' is usually unenforceable anyway.

    A few comments about rabbit pie and being short of money at the month end might encourage the rabbit owner to board Bugs with a friend until he can find alternative accommodation.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th Jan 18, 10:49 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:49 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:49 AM
    "No pets allowed" often translates into, "that's the default position, but if you can show you're not a loony 10 cat person, or a psychopath with a one-eyed staffie, we might relax it a little, or even a lot, if you first cross our palms with silver."

    As cat and ferret owners, that's how we found it worked.
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 12th Jan 18, 11:07 AM
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    Hi,

    As topic says - I live in a shared house and had a new housemate move in yesterday who has got a pet rabbit. It was approved by the landlord despite the contract stating no pets allowed.
    The landlord did not check with the rest of the house if it would be okay so it is now too late.

    I don't have a problem with pets, in fact I love them but I am a little bit annoyed we were not consulted, especially as I have asthma and rabbit hair does trigger this for me.

    Is it worth airing these concerns to landlord? Like I said I do like pets so I don't have a problem as such with that.. but just felt we should have been consulted?
    Originally posted by Younganddumb

    You rent a room? If so, the LL doesn't have to check anything with you.
    • Lioness Twinkletoes
    • By Lioness Twinkletoes 12th Jan 18, 11:32 AM
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    Hi,

    As topic says - I live in a shared house and had a new housemate move in yesterday who has got a pet rabbit. It was approved by the landlord despite the contract stating no pets allowed.
    The landlord did not check with the rest of the house if it would be okay so it is now too late.

    I don't have a problem with pets, in fact I love them but I am a little bit annoyed we were not consulted, especially as I have asthma and rabbit hair does trigger this for me.

    Is it worth airing these concerns to landlord? Like I said I do like pets so I don't have a problem as such with that.. but just felt we should have been consulted?
    Originally posted by Younganddumb
    I'd have to ask what you want the outcome to be. On one hand you state that you love animals, then you claim your asthma is triggered by rabbit fur.

    I assume if you had been consulted you'd have said no due to the asthma issue, so do you expect the landlord to ask the new tenant to leave or rehome bugs?

    If you just think that you should have been consulted and are p1ssed because you weren't then there is little point in raising it with the landlord as it's a ridiculous idea.
    • WibblyGirly
    • By WibblyGirly 12th Jan 18, 11:36 AM
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    I had a housemate who had a pet lizard that I didn't know about until after months of living with her. I wish I'd known sooner as it was really cute and I wanted to hold it! It lived in a cage in her bedroom.
    Is the rabbit just going to live in the roommates bedroom or be brought into the rest of the house? Could you compromise? Explain your allergy and that if the rabbit wanders around in the rest of the house, could that housemate do a quick hoover afterwards?
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 12th Jan 18, 11:37 AM
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    I'd have to ask what you want the outcome to be. On one hand you state that you love animals, then you claim your asthma is triggered by rabbit fur.
    Originally posted by Lioness Twinkletoes
    Er, those two are not contradictory at all!

    I suppose in future, the OP will have to confirm before moving in that the house will remain pet free and inform the landlord of their allergy so that hopefully this won't crop up again. Ideally they could try and get a self contained place but I realise in London this can be stupidly expensive.
    • bxboards
    • By bxboards 12th Jan 18, 11:41 AM
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    I have no pets allowed, but in reality I do let people keep dogs / cats / rabbits etc - one my tenants keeps snakes and tarantulas.

    I did draw the line at someone wanting to rent with 6 staffies - and that was out of consideration for the neighbours.
    • Lioness Twinkletoes
    • By Lioness Twinkletoes 12th Jan 18, 12:18 PM
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    Er, those two are not contradictory at all!
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Er, I haven't said they are. That is what you have inferred. This is why I asked what the OP wants the outcome to be.
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