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Which pets are fine to have without permission

For some kinds of pets you won’t need our permission but for others you will.

If you are thinking about getting a small animal like a hamster, guinea pig, rabbit or mouse you don’t normally need our permission.

An illustration of a pet carry case

For other pets

It depends on a number of factors, including the type of home you have with us, your tenancy agreement, and the type of animal it is. You may also want to learn more about the type of pet you are considering so you know the level of commitment – the RSPCA website has load of advice on many different types of pets which may help you decide if a pet is right for you.

It is really important that you get in touch if you are thinking about getting a dog, cat, or exotic pet

Important notice for dog owners

If you have a dog, you are legally obliged to pick up after it. When walking your dog outside always carry poo bags with you, scoop the poop and dispose of it hygienically. Every local authority provides dog poo bins.

Dog poo is not only messy and unpleasant, it is also hazardous to humans and pets. It can carry diseases like E. coli or worms. If it isn’t disposed of appropriately, it can get washed into our water systems by the rain and infiltrate drinking and swimming water.

Not picking up after your pet can also lead to a fine. Be a responsible dog owner and scoop the poop.

If you’re aware of dog fouling hot spots you can report it to your local authority.

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