We live in a block of 120 flats which is controlled by a residents’ management company, with directors elected by all of us. We have inherited my mother’s dog. We asked the directors whether we could keep it in our flat. The lease says that consent for pets is needed.
But they have said no, and are threatening to take us to the tribunal for breach of lease. What can we do? I cannot just get rid of my mother’s dog.
Dogs are a serious, divisive issue in flats, especially a big block like yours. They are also the subject of very strong feelings. Noise and dirt are issues.
I do not know how you asked the directors: whether you did so with tact, face-to-face or just by email. Best to deal with this face-to-face. This is a strong emotional issue, and you require a one-off consent.
But there may be leaseholders with equally strong contrary feelings. The directors are in a serious bind whether to agree or not. You could, of course, raise the matter at an AGM or EGM, and appeal to your neighbours for backing.
What should be avoided is the sort of litigation seen in this case: