If you are thinking of getting a pet this festive
season, here are a few key questions to ask
yourself before making the decision:
Does my tenancy agreement allow me
to keep animals?
Not all tenancy agreements do, so you need to
check what yours says. You may need to gain written
permission from your local housing office before
being allowed to keep a pet.
Is Christmas the best time to get a pet?
Moving into a new home can be stressful for animals,
so it is best to introduce them into a calm
environment. Presenting an animal as a surprise
gift may cause noise and excitement that
distresses your pet.
Does everyone know how to look after your
Giving a pet as a surprise gift could mean that you
haven’t been able to talk to your family and ensure
they know how to properly look after it.
Will their routine change after Christmas?
Animals need routine, especially house-trained
pets such as dogs. Is Christmas the best time
to introduce a pet to your home when their routine
is likely to change once normal day-to-day life
Do you know enough about your pet?
Have you spent enough time doing your research?
Do you fully understand the needs of your pet
and are you ready for the commitment needed to
look after it?
Thinking of getting
a pet for Christmas?
We want to ensure that you live in the best
possible homes. To do this, we need you to look
after the property you live in.
We will repair anything that is damaged due to
‘fair wear and tear’. However, we are spending
approximately £300,000 a year on repairs that are
a result of damage or misuse by residents.
To reduce this cost, we are now challenging the
repairs that are reported and, if they are found to
be as a result of damage or misuse, you may be
asked to pay for the repair yourself.
Examples of repairs that you may
be charged for are:
Being locked out and needing to
gain entry or change the lock
Replacing broken glass
Damaged internal and
Broken and damaged fixtures,
such as smoke alarms
Cracks to baths, showers,
hand basins and toilets
Cleaning and clearing untidy gardens
If you are not able to pay for the repair all at once,
we can arrange for you to pay in instalments. If
we notice a pattern of damage, we will investigate
which may affect our future plans to improve the
a pet is for life,
not just for
Taking the time to
learn about your
animal and knowing
how to properly look
after it will mean
you have a happier,
healthier addition to
Are you winter-ready?
There is nothing worse than the boiler
giving up in the middle of Winter, or being hit
with a huge energy bill after trying to keep
the house warm
We have made a series of useful videos that
give you tips on how to stay warm while keeping
the bills down this Christmas. You can also get
advice on what to do if you have problems with
your heating or your boiler is on the blink.
watch the videos and see what
you can do to help yourself this