I'm currently renting a flat and have been for 6 months now. The tenancy agreement states:

Not to keep any domestic animals or birds in the Premises without the prior written consent of the Landlord or his local office, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed, or withdrawn unless subject to the terms of the headlease. The Tenant agrees to have the Premises professionally cleaned with de-infestation cleaner at the termination of the tenancy should any animal or bird kept at the Premises be of a type that may have had fleas or similar parasites and to provide a receipted invoice to the Landlord or his local office as written proof that he has complied with this clause.

The letting agents we're dealing with aren't great and consistently ignore requests (the reviews online are a great read). They also don't like us very much because we filed a complaint in the past that our request for repairs hadn't been carried out for months, so I feel they might try to spite us by saying no.

In my request, I've outlined the following:

  • The dog is really small (Chihuahua cross) so space isn't an issue (we're in a large 2-bed flat), and offered to provide pictures
  • The dog is an adult and fully trained, and will be treated for any fleas or worms
  • The dog won't be left alone
  • We take full responsibility for any damage
  • We'll get the floors professionally cleaned (there's no carpet)
  • We have insurance which covers any damage to the landlord's furnishings
  • We're willing to put down an additional deposit and submit to regular inspections
  • We've been good tenants, always paid rent on time and notified them of any problems immediately

Is there anything else I could add to plead my case? And would they still be able to find reason to deny permission?



You seem to have covered every issue I can think of that would lead to a reasonable refusal. But I have no way to know what issues may be in the mind of the agents. In the end, all you can do is ask. If the agents refuse, and they don't provide any reason you consider to be reasonable, you could sue, and it will be up to a court to determine if the refusal was reasonable or not.

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