Can anyone keep chickens?
QProvided that there’s no objection from neighbours, can anyone keep a few chickens in their garden? My partner and I are buying our first home together and, much encouraged by reading your magazine, would like to re-home three or for ‘rescue’ hens.
AJeremy Hobson says: In most instances it’s possible to keep chickens in the back garden but it is best that you seek the advice of the solicitor handling your house purchase as, buried in the small print could be what’s known as a ‘restrictive covenant’ which might potentially prevent you from doing so.
Many such clauses go back years and if one exists, it could be possible to make an application seeking an order to ‘discharge’ or ‘modify’ the restriction. It’s not normally a quick process though – and will obviously cost money.
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