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Guidelines for applying for permission to keep pets in properties managed by Lincolnshire Housing Partnership

If you would like to keep a pet in your LHP home, first read the below guidance and then fill in the form at the foot of this page.

Granting permission

  1. When considering a request to keep a pet or pets we will consider:
  • The type of property the tenant lives in and the facilities available to the tenant
  • The size of any garden
  • The breed, size, number and temperament of the pets
  • Whether the pet(s) will have special needs, for example, shelter, room to exercise, etc.

A home visit may be required by a Housing Officer before permission is granted

Any applications for pets you already have without permission may be refused if the property is considered to be unsuitable or complaints have been previously made about the animal

  1. For flats and sheltered housing, we will take account of other factors because of how close together the properties are. We need to consider if:
  • The pet(s) the tenants want to keep is appropriate to the size of the flat and the facilities available
  • There is direct access from the flat to the outside, especially for dogs and cats (this is particularly important for flats above ground floor)
  • The flat has a garden or access to open space outside the home
  1. In addition to the above, we shall consider the following in relation to specific types of animals:

3.1.  Keeping dogs

  • Direct access to an outside space is preferable, but permission will not necessarily be withheld if there is not. Other factors such as the size of the dog, its ability to negotiate stairs or be carried will be considered
  • All dogs must be Microchipped (it is the law) and the identity number must be given to LHP
  • We should be notified if the dog breeds and advised of the tenants plans for the puppies
  • Tenants cannot keep any breed of dog banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act or any other UK legislation
  • We do not consider it acceptable to keep dogs on balconies, in communal areas or unattended overnight or for long periods of time
  • All dogs must comply with current legislation and wear a collar and a tag (Control of Dogs Order 1992)
  • Gardens must be fenced and secure

3.2.  Keeping cats

  • Ideally cats should be neutered to prevent unplanned litters
  • Owners are encouraged to have cats permanently identified (microchipping)
  • We think it reasonable to say no more than four cats in a house and two in any other type of property

 3.3.  Keeping small mammals

  • In the case of small animals such as rats, mice, gerbils and hamsters, tenants are expected to limit to manageable numbers, i.e.

      Hamsters            individual (Syrian) pair - same sex (Russian)

      Mice                   pair - same sex

      Gerbils                pair - same sex

      Rats                   pair - same sex

      Guinea pigs         pair – same sex

  • Animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs should ideally be kept outside
  • Breeding should be avoided by keeping neutered or same sex animals if more than one
  • Droppings and used bedding need to be disposed of regularly and in an appropriate manner

3.4.  Keeping caged birds

  • Caged birds should be appropriate to both the size of the property and being kept as pets, for example, a budgie or a parrot
  • The birds need to be able to exercise and stretch their wings
  • Care needs to be taken to avoid nuisance to neighbours resulting from noisy birds

3.5.  Keeping aviary birds outside

  • Tenants must be able to show that adequate facilities are provided to house the birds
  • Care needs to be taken to prevent potential nuisance to neighbours, for example, with fouling, rodent infestation or noise which may occur with keeping homing pigeons

3.6.  Keeping reptiles and spiders

  • We do not encourage tenants to keep these types of animals as they mostly need special care and living conditions
  • If tenants do ask permission to keep these animals, they will need to demonstrate they have the facilities and knowledge to do so

Keeping animals in sheltered housing

  1. LHP has some additional requirements/criteria for sheltered and supported housing because of its specific nature
  2. LHP does not have a blanket ‘no pets allowed’ policy for sheltered housing. It recognises research which has shown the benefits of owning a pet and the ways in which they can be good for an individuals wellbeing. It also understands the distress caused at having to get rid of a pet in order to move into sheltered housing. At the same time, LHP must take account of other residents who live in close proximity and who may be elderly and vulnerable
  3. LHP will therefore consider requests for the keeping of pets in sheltered schemes with a strong emphasis on responsible pet ownership
  4. In line with general policy requirements, residents or potential residents of sheltered and supported housing must first seek written permission to keep a pe In addition, they must agree:
  • Not to allow the pet to wander corridors or hallways
  • Dogs are regularly walked and exercised
  • Cats are given access to the outside and/or provided with a litter tray inside the property (not communal areas)
  • The pet is house trained
  • To accept any special provisions or requirements identified within the assessment and/or support plan
  1. Tenants are required to give us details about:
  • Another person willing to take care of the pet in the event the tenant is unable to do so, e.g. illness, holidays, or hospital admission
  • The type of pet and the pet’s name
  • Vet’s details – all pets will be required to be registered with a local vet
  • The pet’s microchip details, if applicable. Mandatory for all dogs
  • The names and contact details of an individual who will be used as an emergency contact where a pet needs temporary care or rehoming
  • Someone, or an organisation such as the Cinnamon Trust (prior arrangements will have to be made), who will take over ownership of the animal should the need arise
  • Where the nominated person is unable to take care of a pet, LHP reserves the right to place the animal in suitable accommodation and recharge the tenant
  1. Sheltered and supported housing residents must also recognise and accept their responsibilities to other residents, for example the owner should:
  • Clean up after their pet
  • Pay for any damage or injury caused by the pet
  • Control any aggressive or noisy behavior. Dogs must be on a leash when in communal areas
  • Minimise the risk of other residents/staff tripping over the animal or feeling uncomfortable because of the animal
  • Not leave food bowls or litter trays in communal areas
  • Ensure that any guests also follow these guidelines

Tenants responsibilities

  1. The tenant(s) has a responsibility for any pet or animal owned by him/her or by anyone living with or visiting them
  2. The tenant(s) will be responsible for looking after and caring for the pet properly. LHP will take any cases of cruelty or neglect seriously and will work with appropriate agencies to remove the pet if necessary. If this happens permission will be withdrawn. This will include precautionary measures for the pet’s wellbeing and good health where necessary. For example:
  • Treatment for fleas, worms and other parasites
  • Bathing, cleaning and grooming
  • The provision of proper bedding
  • Vaccination where appropriate
  • Providing water and proper food
  1. The tenant(s) will be required to take all reasonable steps to supervise animals under their control or visiting their home
  2. The tenant(s) will take all reasonable steps to prevent any animals from causing nuisance, annoyance or danger to neighbour This includes fouling, noise and smells
  3. The tenant(s) will take all reasonable care to ensure that any pets do not cause damage to the property, anything belonging to LHP or for which we are responsible, such as communal areas of flats, gardens and grassed areas
  4. The tenant(s) will not use the property for the commercial breeding of pets, unless they have our permission to do so. Conditions of the Tenancy Agreement relating to the running of a business from an LHP property also apply
  5. Any construction of outside accommodation, other than a hutch and exercise pen for small mammals, such as rabbits or guinea pigs, must first be agreed in writing with the submission of plans and details of construction. This will usually be done at the time of applying for permission to keep the pet(s), examples would be chicken coops, aviaries, pigeon lofts
Person Details
Pet Details
Pet 1
Pet 2
Vet details
Emergency Contact Details

Emergency Contact Details

Emergency Contact who will temporarily look after my pet

Person/organisation (if different from above) who will take over ownership of my pet if necessary


I have read LHPs Pet permission leaflet about responsible pet ownership guidelines and my pet(s) comply with them. I understand & agree with the tenants’ responsibilities and I will ensure that all persons living with me and any visitors also do so

I understand that if after having received permission to keep a pet or pets, I fail to comply with LHP’s policy, permission may be withdrawn, and written notice will be given for me to re-house my pet(s). I understand that having a pet is a privilege and not a right and that if I breach the rules it may affect my tenancy

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