Keeping a pet

Pets can be a great source of companionship and enrich our lives. While we understand that you may want a pet, we must consider the impact this can have on the pet, the property and your neighbours.

Before getting a pet, it is always best to check with us whether you need permission.


I live in a flat or maisonette, what kind of pet can I keep?

You can keep up to 3 caged birds (not poultry) or 3 small caged animals (such as hamsters) or a number of fish in an appropriate aquarium.

If you wish to keep a different kind of pet (including dogs and cats) then you will need written permission from us. 

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I live in a house or bungalow, what kind of pet can I keep?

You can keep a domestic pet providing you have a separate and private garden and your own (not shared) entrance. If you’re not sure please check.

You will need to ask for permission if you want to have a pet. We will then consider the suitability of your home, including whether:

  • you have made appropriate arrangements for the care of the pet
  • there is a private garden attached to the property
  • there are shared areas or access to the property, and
  • the age and type of pet.

What are my responsibilities?

You are responsible for keeping your pets under control, supervised and appropriately cared for. They should not roam unsupervised, be a nuisance to neighbours or foul any other property.

What happens if someone complains about my pet?

If we receive a justified complaint about your pet’s welfare or the impact it has on others, we will expect you to find an alternative home for it.

If you fail to find a new home for your pet, we may take legal action under the rules of your tenancy agreement which may result in us taking possession of your home. 

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Why is the scheme I live in ‘pet free’?

Some of our schemes are ‘pet free’ for safety reasons, such as where there are shared corridors and in some of our older person schemes. Unfortunately we cannot give permission for you to have a pet in these types of properties. 

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Can I keep poultry (chickens, ducks or geese) in my garden?

All residents must ask for permission to keep poultry on their property. You must also check with your local council about any rules that may prevent you from keeping poultry, such as by-laws and planning restrictions. We will need to see the council’s written permission before we can make a decision. If your property is suitable we may give permission for you to keep up to six birds.

What are my responsibilities when keeping poultry?

The birds must be suitably housed. Please check the current recommendations for keeping poultry issued by the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.

You must keep all poultry feed in closed containers so that it does not attract vermin.

If you no longer wish to keep poultry, you must return the garden to its original state.

If you are unsure whether you can keep a pet, or what your responsibilities will be, please get in touch.

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