My partner and I privately rent a property from a landlord, and we’d like a pet. There is a pet clause in our agreement and it reads as follows:
“The Tenant shall not (nor allow others to) keep pets of any kind on the Property without the prior written consent of the Landlord. Where permitted, any pet must be kept under control to ensure that it does not cause damage to the Property or cause nuisance either to neighbours or in the locality of the Property.”
I’ve written to our Letting Agent, and they asked the Landlord, and the Landlord’s response was that they do not want pets on the property. As I understand it, under Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 any consent should not be unreasonably withheld.
Trouble is, I’m not sure if them simply not wanting pets on the property counts as unreasonable (it is in my eye) insofar as the law is concerned.
What would count as reasonable?