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Pet Policy

The day to day management of the Trust’s properties is carried out by its Managing Agent who will work to and comply with the provisions contained in this policy.

This policy sets out the Trust’s approach to responsible pet ownership and how the Trust will deal with requests to keep pets in our properties.

A pet is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company and pleasure.

The Trust acknowledges the significant health and social benefits that responsible pet ownership can bring to their owners. However, irresponsible ownership can cause suffering to animals, damage to our property, nuisance and potential danger to our staff and affect the quality of life for neighbours and other residents in the area. As such, irresponsible ownership will not be tolerated by the Trust.

Tenancy Agreement

Under Section A3 of the Selby & District Housing Trust’s Tenancy Agreement, the tenant must get the Trust’s written permission before they keep any pets.

Section F21 states the following:-

21a. Pets are generally not permitted. Requests to keep animals such as guide dogs or other assistance animals will be considered on a case by case basis. Where a request is supported by medical evidence it will not normally be refused.

21b. If permission is granted you (the tenant) will be fully responsible for any animal in your keep. You must take steps to make sure that the animal does not cause a nuisance or injury, put people’s health at risk or damage property.

21c. You must clean up any fouling caused by your animal.

21d. You must not allow visitors to bring into your home any animal that:
• Needs a licence;
• Has a Control Order placed on it; or
• Is banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act or any law that later replaces it.

21e. We (the Trust) can withdraw our permission for you to keep an animal if it causes an injury, nuisance or damage, or puts people’s health at risk. If you fail to remove your animal when asked to, we will class that as you breaking this Tenancy Agreement.

Policy Detail

Requests to keep any pets must be made in writing by the tenant to the Trust. This is a condition of tenancy.

If permission is given the tenant must sign the Trust’s ‘Responsible Pet Owners Agreement.’

Permission to keep a pet may be withdrawn at any time if the Trust deems that conditions within the ‘Responsible Pet Owners Agreement’ have been broken.

Dogs & Cats

Permission will not be granted in any circumstance to keep any dog listed as dangerous (as defined by the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 or any law that later replaces it).

Permission to keep a dog or cat will only be given if the tenant has a private garden with a separate entrance.

If permission is granted, it will be limited to 1 dog or 1 cat per household.

Assistance animals, such as guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf, will always be allowed subject to this being supported by medical evidence. (Any person that requires an assistance animal (for themselves or a member of their household) should make this known at the earliest convenience when applying for a Trust property. So as to ensure the property can meet this need).

It should be noted that some of the Trust’s properties are not suitable to keep dogs and/or cats. Currently these include the following properties:
• Bridge Wharf, Ousegate, Selby
• Kirkgate Flats, Tadcaster

All dogs and cats must be permanently identified by a microchip or tattoo and the identification details must be registered. The ID number will be required as part of the pet application. All dogs and cats will also need to have been spayed or neutered. All dogs must wear a collar.

Dogs must not be allowed to defecate in the home or in internal or external communal areas, including sports pitches and any grassed areas of an estate.

Dogs must always be kept on a lead when in public or communal areas and are always subject to laws and local bye-laws.

Additional conditions for dog/pet ownership are included in the ‘Responsible Pet Owners Agreement’ which, once signed, should be adhered to at all times.

Smaller Pets

Tenants may be given permission to keep small animals that are housed in cages, bowls or tanks inside the house and do not need to be allowed outside of the property (e.g. small birds, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits). No caged animal will be allowed in the private garden area.

Permission may be granted for up to 2 caged birds or 2 small caged animals or a number of fish in an aquarium.

Additional conditions

Under no circumstances will the Trust give permission to breed or offer any animal for sale from a Trust property.

The Trust will not grant permission for any of the following animals to be kept as pets: livestock (including poultry), wild animals, pigeons, birds of prey poisonous or endangered species, exotic pets such as snakes, lizards and spiders, or dangerous dogs.

New tenants

Where a new tenant moving into a Trust property already owns a pet, consent will be given at the Trust’s discretion, subject to the conditions outlined above.

Welfare

Where permission is granted, tenants are responsible for the health and welfare of their pets.

Tenants are responsible for looking after their pets responsibly ensuring they are supervised and kept under control. Tenants must not allow their pets to cause a nuisance to their neighbours, any member of their household or other members of the public, including the Trust’s staff or contractors.

Tenants will also be held responsible for the behaviour of any pet brought into their household or neighbourhood by their visitors.

Tenants must ensure their pets do not cause damage or deterioration to their own or their neighbour’s properties, any common parts or any garden or landscaped areas. The tenant will be responsible for making good any damage caused by their pets. If the tenant fails in this regard the Trust will arrange the necessary repairs and this will be recharged to the tenant (or former tenant).

The Trust reserves the right to withdraw any pet permission and will require the removal of a pet which is causing nuisance or damage if the tenant has either been unable to remedy the situation, or has refused to take any remedial action. If the Trust withdraws its permission for the tenant to keep a pet and the tenant does not comply, the Trust will treat this as the tenant not meeting their responsibilities under the Tenancy Agreement and under Ground 12 of Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988.

Review

This policy will be monitored and updated where necessary to take account of changes in legislation and best practice. A review of the policy will be scheduled for 2 years from its initial introduction and thereafter as determined by the Board in accordance with best practice.

Complaint

Any tenant that has concerns related to the Pets Policy can make a complaint as per the Trust’s complaint policy. However, it should be noted that the Trust’s complaint procedure does not require the Trust to give an explanation of a decision made in line with the Trust’s policy.