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Purchasing a flat when you have a dog

A client of ours has a daughter and son in law who want to purchase their first flat, however, they own a dog that they want to live with them. They were worried that they would not be able to live in a flat with their dog because many landlords do not permit this but were wondering if they purchased a ground floor garden flat whether this would this become less of a problem.

Any flat that is purchased will have a leasehold title. The lease should list any obligations, covenants and restrictions which the leaseholder would be bound. The lease could prohibit keeping a dog in the flat or could state that the landlords consent may not be unreasonably withheld, or that a dog could be kept with the prior written consent of the landlord. It might also state that the consent could be revoked at any time.

The lease is highly likely to include covenants stating that the leaseholder must not do or allow anything to be done in or at the property which would constitute a nuisance. For example, if a dog made a lot of noise that could be considered a nuisance and in those circumstances the landlord is highly likely to revoke any consent for a dog. It is best to ask the estate agent to confirm the position regarding dogs at the outset and ask for a copy of the lease so that it is possible to see precisely what it states about keeping pets to make the position clear before agreeing to purchase any property.