Two weeks to get rid of your pets

Ten­ants fac­ing lonely Christ­mas af­ter land­lord let­ter

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

HEART­BRO­KEN ten­ants say they could be fac­ing a lonely Christ­mas with­out their pets af­ter be­ing told to get rid of them.

So­cial land­lord Con­tour Homes has writ­ten to peo­ple liv­ing in Sut­ton Gar- dens on the Weston es­tate, giv­ing them two weeks to re­home their an­i­mals.

But res­i­dents in the 49-flat block said they are “heart­bro­ken” at the thought of los­ing their pets and had called on Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley to in­ter­vene.

How­ever, af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the Ex­press, Con­tour Homes has now agreed to meet with ten­ants be­fore de­cid­ing whether to en­force the pol­icy or al­low ten­ants to keep their pets.

Joan Prince, a re­tired nurse, said she is will­ing to risk evic­tion to keep her English Bull­dog, Os­car.

She said: “He is a won­der­ful com­pan­ion.”

Tina Wal­ton, 59, who lives with her cat Buster, said: “As I live alone he is my baby.” Con­tour Homes said it had a no-pets pol­icy at schemes with communal ar­eas and had re­ceived com­plaints.

TEN­ANTS say they could be fac­ing Christ­mas with­out their pets af­ter be­ing told they have just two weeks to get rid of them.

Res­i­dents at Sut­ton Gar­dens on the Weston es­tate, have re­ceived let­ters from Land­lord Con­tour Homes giv­ing them un­til Novem­ber 30 to re­home the an­i­mals.

But peo­ple liv­ing in the 49-flat block said they are “heart­bro­ken” at the thought of los­ing their pets, and called on Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley to in­ter­vene.

How­ever, af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the Ex­press, the group has now agreed to meet with ten­ants be­fore making a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

They say that it usu­ally has a ‘no pets’ pol­icy at schemes with communal gar­dens and that they had re­ceived com­plaints over noise and foul­ing.

But Joan Prince, a re­tired nurse, said she is will­ing to risk evic­tion to keep her English Bull­dog, Os­car.

She said: “Os­car is some­thing of a celebrity around here, ev­ery­one knows him. He is a won­der­ful com­pan­ion.

“I can see why they have raised the is­sue af­ter com­plaints of noise, but they should be tack­ling the is­sues of in­di­vid­u­als not pun­ish­ing us all.

“As for the foul­ing, ev­ery­one knows cats don’t go to the toi­let in their own back yard, so to sug­gest that from an en­tire neigh­bour­hood our pets are to blame for that is bonkers.

“We have done noth­ing wrong. I am will­ing to face evic­tion to keep Os­car.”

Tina Wal­ton, 59, has been told to re­home her cat Buster.

She said: “For two years I have been the model ten­ant. My cat uses a litter tray and is no trou­ble to any­one. To take him away af­ter two years is cruel.

“As I live alone he is my baby. He bright­ens up my days. Buster is my world and it would break my heart if I had to lose him. I have no one else.”

Alan Smith, 61, a for­mer Falk­lands vet­eran, said his cats Betsy and Rocky helped with his de­pres­sion. He said: “All my fam­ily – my par­ents, my broth­ers and sis­ters – have died. I am on my own. They are like my ba­bies. It has been very stress­ful. I have not slept or ate prop­erly with worry.”

So­nia Thomp­son, part­ner­ships and neigh­bour­hood man­ager at Con­tour Homes, told ten­ants in a let­ter that they had 14 days to re­home the an­i­mals.

But af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the Ex­press, she said: “We usu­ally have a no-pets pol­icy at schemes with communal ar­eas like Sut­ton Gar­dens. How­ever some res­i­dents have been keep­ing an­i­mals in their homes on an in­for­mal ba­sis.

“The let­ter was sent as a re­sult of com­plaints we have re­ceived from cus­tomers about pets caus­ing noise dis­tur­bance, and cat and dog foul­ing in the grounds.

“Whilst we ap­pre­ci­ate the value that pets can bring, we have a duty to en­sure that our ten­ants can live peace­fully in clean, pleas­ant sur­round­ings.

“How­ever, as a re­sult of feed­back to the let­ter, I’m writ­ing to all res­i­dents invit­ing them to meet me in the communal lounge next Wed­nes­day (De­cem­ber 2) to have their say.

“De­pend­ing on the views of all cus­tomers, we will then de­cide whether a lo­cal pet agree­ment might be ap­pro­pri­ate for Sut­ton Gar­dens. If in­tro­duced, this would mean ten­ants who want to keep pets would have to agree to con­di­tions so that their an­i­mals do not af­fect other res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life.”

Re­spond­ing to the po­ten­tial u-turn Alan Smith, said: “I am pleased Con­tour will meet us face to face and may even al­low us to keep our pets, but I am still wor­ried as they have given no guar­an­tees.”

●● Ten­ants Alan Smith and Tina Wal­ton

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Joan Prince (front), Alan Smith and Tina Wal­ton are hor­ri­fied at the thought of hav­ing to give up their pets

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