The new Tenancy Agreement introduced in August 2012 set a requirement for tenants to obtain written permission from the landlord to keep domestic pets. Waltham Estate RMO would not unreasonably turn down authorisation to keep a domestic pet, so long as the pet(s) does not cause nuisance to other residents.
To obtain authorisation to keep a pet the tenant must have suitable insurance to cover any damages caused by or resulting from keeping/owning a pet.
While Waltham Estate RMO may grant permission to keep a pet, the responsibility for the animal remains solely with the owner and Waltham Estate RMO accepts no liability for any pet(s) kept in its properties.
Waltham Estate RMO will usually not grant permission to keep exotic animals but will consider applications to keep small birds and fish.
In the recent years there have been increasing concerns about the rise in “status dogs”. Evidence suggests that in the UK "status dogs" used for criminal and anti-social purposes is getting worse.
An increased number of potentially dangerous dogs are kept illegally, and some animals are mistreated.
Waltham Estate RMO works closely with the Animal Welfare Officer, London Borough of Lambeth, the Metropolitan Police, RSPCA and Battersea Dogs Home and animal welfare agencies to investigate incidents involving dangerous dogs.
Waltham Estate RMO will not tolerate antisocial behaviour from dogs including:
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Section 1 (Amended 1997), it is illegal to own a banned type of dog (unless it is registered in the Index of Exempted Dogs Register). The four banned types of dogs are:
The RSPCA, veterinary organisations and the police agree that microchipping is the most effective way to manage antisocial behaviour connected to dogs and to promote the welfare of dogs.
The government has recently announced that all dogs will need to be microchipped from 6 April 2016. Microchips are coded with owners' details, and owners can face fines of up to £500.
Waltham Estate RMO is aware that the requirement to microchip dogs could be financial burden for low-income households. Since October 2009 we have worked with the Council, RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations to arrange free microchipping for Lambeth residents.
Waltham Estate RMO also sign posts pet owners to the RSPCA Southeast Branch at West Norwood, 380 Norwood Road, SE27 9AA, where free micro chipping can be obtained.
Requirements under the Tenancy Conditions
In August 2012 a clause was introduced in the Tenancy Conditions stipulating that tenant must obtain Waltham Estate RMO permission to keep dogs.
The agreement confirms that to obtain consent Waltham Estate RMO requires documented evidence that the animal is micro chipped.
Early compliance with your tenancy agreement will prepare tenants for The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 – which will make it compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips from 6 April 2016. Once this new rule comes into effect, if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the notice.
Before consent is granted the tenant will also be asked to sign an agreement:
Authotization to keep a pet Procedure
REQUEST TO KEEP A PET IN A WALTHAM ESTATE RMO PROPERTY
Written application to keep a pet
Waltham Estate RMO tenants/resident wishing to keep a pet must submit a written application to the Customer Services Officer (see appendix 1).
Requirements to obtain authorisation to keep a dog
In order to obtain authorisation to keep a dog the applicant must present documentation to prove that the animal has been microchipped.
Permission will not be granted to keep dogs banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Section 1 (Amended 1997), details as follows:
If authorisation to keep the dog is granted, the tenant will be asked to sign an agreement to:
If authorisation to keep a dog is not granted and the dog is already living in a Waltham Estate RMO property, the tenant will be asked to confirm in writing the address to which the dog has been removed.
Customer Services Officer will inform the RSPCA and the Police about any applications received to keep a “dangerous dog” as described in the Dangerous Dog Act 1991.