For many people, pets are an important member of the family and can help mental and physical health.

Many of us at Radcliffe Housing Society have pets too, so we know how special they are.

When you can’t have a pet

Most of our tenants are allowed to have pets. The most common reasons for not being able to keep a pet are:

  • You live in one of our independent living schemes;
  • You have a restriction in your lease or covenant (we’ll let you know if this applies when you ask for permission);
  • You live in a block of flats where a ‘no pet’ policy is in place;
  • We have to make sure all pets are only kept in places that are suitable for them, are cared for and kept in a way that doesn’t disrupt the neighbours.

If we become concerned about the number of pets you have and it’s causing a problem, we’ll talk to you about this.

If your pet disrupts other tenants and you don’t take action to resolve it, we’ll have to take action and this could mean asking you to remove your pet.

Animals you can and can’t keep as pets

Animals you can keep as a pet:

  • Most cats and dogs (see what you aren’t allowed below);
  • Small animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs;
  • Small birds;
  • Fish;
  • Registered guide dogs and assistance dogs.

Animals you can’t keep as pets include:

  • Certain types of poisonous snakes, spiders, primates and monkeys*;
  • Any type of bird of prey such as kestrel, owl, or buzzard*;
  • Pit Bull Terriers*;
  • Japanese Tosa*;
  • Fila Brasileiro*;
  • Dogo Argentino*;
  • Wild animals and non-domestic animals;
  • Livestock.

*It’s against the law to keep these animals under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Conditions will apply and permission to keep the animal will depend on you keeping to the arrangement.

Assistance dogs – such as guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf or dogs for the disabled – will always be permitted. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits anyone renting or selling a property from discriminating against a disabled person: this includes discriminating against a person with an assistance dog. An assistance dog is trained to perform specific tasks to help a disabled person.
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