Keeping a pet in your home

Dog ownership appears to be on the rise on our estates. As a nation of  dog lovers that could be a good thing but we’re also seeing an increase in reports of dog nuisance.

We’ve recently been alerted to cases of animal cruelty, dogs barking at unsocial hours, dog fouling in communal areas and, occasionally, dogs having frightened our residents.

The Dogs Trust explains: “The way that a dog behaves is more to do with how it is brought up than anything else, including its breed.”

It’s clear then that we can’t blame our dogs if they’re misbehaving – it’s all down to us! But Tenancy Enforcement believe that some problems are due to lack of knowledge. We, therefore, produced a pets and dogs policy.

 We recently reviewed this policy and received the RSPCA’s 2023 Bronze Footprint Award and a Silver in 2012 for our proactive approach to managing dogs on our estates. This policy includes clear guidelines on dog ownership and sets out requirements that include dog micro-chipping and a dog audit to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Setting out the rules

Our 2012 Tenancy conditions includes detailed rules relating specifically to pet ownership. A resident must get permission from Lambeth London Living to keep a dog and this will only be granted by us if the property is suitable.

All dogs must be micro-chipped and we require your up-to-date details.

Dog ownership permission can be withdraw at any time if you do not follow the guidelines for responsible dog ownership.