We live in England, next door to another rented property with the same landlord. Both tenancies say 'no dogs'. Next door has now bought 2 dogs. The landlord says he has exercised his discretion and allowed the dogs to stay. The dogs are leaving copious dog mess all day, every day - just feet from our front door and the sight, smell and flies are very offensive. The tenant refuses to clear up. Does the landlord have any liability here? Can we press him to deal with next door's tenant, since he exercised his discretion to permit the dogs?
One additional fact. The landlord is a "doggy lover" while his wife is not. He cannot seem to separate his love of dogs from his responsibilities as a landlord.
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For now please let me know whether this is a flat or shared property?
Also does the tenancy agreement say not to cause noise or annoyance to others please?
Yes we live in a 4 bed semi house. The problem is with the joined 3 bed semi house. Yes it does say not to cause any nuisance to others.
btw I'm Preston
Alex - one additional point to note. we hope to be moving out during the next 6-9 months, following recuperation from major surgery which we've both undergone during 2014.In the ultimate event of this problem not being sorted and the landlord not taking any action which he might be obliged to do, is our ultimate sanction to withhold part or all of the rent?
The real purpose of my inquiry is to get the problem stopped - not to withhold rent. I just need to know whether I have that sanction as a 2nuclear option"
Hi Alex - I see the angle you might recommend - that the other tenant is causing nuisance to others, contrary to his tenancy agreement. The landlord would have to deal with that from his position. In the event the landlord might be unwilling to do so (he's a bit weak & can't stand any conflict) or if he tried with no response from the tenant - where do we go from there? What are our options please
Refusing is putting it too strongly. He's spoken to the tenant twice, told him to clean up but the tenant is ignoring him. The landlord can't really see why we are unhappy but has "gone through the motions" for us. He can't see its anything to do with the landlord, even though they allowed dogs on a "no dpgs" contract.
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Alex - more b/g. After the tenant's public outburst last weekend the landlord spoke to him Tuesday saying 'if the dogs crap clean it up straight away' . Yesterday Friday there was lots of fresh dog faeces all oner the front near our door and the tenant and his wife deliberately ignored it - she was home all day, he was home at 4pm, they cleared it up at 10.30am Sat. Reasonable behaviour? It was unsightly, smelly & encouraged flies in our garage and kitchen.
I could copy to you the 3x emails I've sent to the landlord over the past 6+ weeks if req.
No, not yet. The nuisance is wholly on their property, beside or garage and door. The police or council are likely to say it's a civil matter (unless you can tell me otherwise?) and not act ... Correct?
I'd prefer the landlord to act to deal with his tenancy-agreement-breaking problem. Does he have an obligation? If not what are my options, please?
Hi Alex, thank you. No, since his out public burst last Sunday the only harrassment we have suffered has been the indirect unpleasantness of having his dog dirt next to our house & door all week, uncleared. I shall continue to press the landlord to press the matter but if not, is 'harrassment' intended as personal to me or my safety, ie threatening behaviour, or does it include the dog dirt next to us? If it were possible that the issue of dog dirt were seen as harrassment I would be quite prepared to seek an injunction although I hope it was not necessary. Thank you for clarifying the position Alex, I hope the neighbour sees sense before it gets to the next stage - depending on your clarification of harrassment - my person or environmental. rgds Preston
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Many thanks Alex - extremely helpful & informative. Wish me luck ... P
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