Hello Alex, Thank you for your advice on this before, but I now have further questions on this. We wrote a letter to the housing association and my friend admitted having two small dogs. I am going to attach a copy of the letter here for you to read.
. I hope you are able to read this, as not sure as this as an attachment? My friend's condition is progressively worsening as she seems to be suffering from severe depression and her doctor has now put her forward for counselling sessions, although this has only just started. The housing association have now responded to her letter, which advised as follows ' 'Firstly, I am sorry to hear about your various persona issues you have been experiencing over the last few years however, as explained in my letter dated 24th April 2014, the Trust did not grant you permission when you originally requested to have the dogs in 2009 (this was in fact a separate incident whereby my friend took in a homeless dog and did request permission to keep it, which they refused, whereupon she then had to give this dog away...so this is NOT relating to the two dogs she has now). Please be advised that the Trust cannot change this decision and that you are still required to re-house the dogs. The only criteria where the Trust would offer discretion would be if the dogs were guide dogs. I can confirm that you also stated that you were aware of L&Q's policy of NO PETS however, you failed to adhere to this and I can confirm that you are currently in breach of the terms and conditions of your tenancy. I can also confirm that your previous Neighbourhood Services Officer and I have witnessed the dogs barking on a frequent basis which further supports the allegations that the dogs are causing a noise nuisance within the block. The Trust has not been made aware of any other residents in the block owning dogs but if you wish you can provide me with the addresses so I can also advise them that dogs are not permitted within flats. The dogs will need to be re-housed however, in the circumstances I have extended the dates from 24th May 2014 to 23rd June 2014. If it is found that you have failed to remove the dogs by that date L&Q will serve you with a Notice of Seeking Possession of the above property as well as applying for an injunction to have the dogs permanently removed'. As you can imagine, my friend who is already in a very low and depressive state, is absolutely devastated by this! Furthermore, it does not state anywhere on their website regarding their pets policy, that the only pets that can be allowed are guide dogs. In fact, my friend enquired with another neighbour from a neighbouring block who has a dog that she keeps in a flat also if she had managed to gain permission and apparently she had! So again, as you advised before, they do not seem to be being consistent in their stance on this. I would really appreciate your further advice on this and what my friend can possibly do, to still appeal against this? I look forward to hearing from you asap. Many thanks. Tracie