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Hallo Joshua, I am looking for a self-contained studio flat

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Hallo Joshua,

I am looking for a self-contained studio flat or a large double room to rent in a shared house in Brighton/Hove, East Sussex.
I have been looking for two months and still I cannot find any suitable place as landlords won't allow pets in their properties. I am aware that what is happening is unfair accordin to the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999. However, landlords still discriminate pet owners.
Could you please give me any suggestions?
Many thanks in advance

I'm Wendy, and I’m a moderator for this topic. I sent Joshua a message to follow up with you here, when he is back online.

If I can help further, please let me know. Thank you for your continued patience.

I have been asked to look at this for you.
Which part of UCTA do you think this discriminationbreaches?
Thank you.
Please bear with me over the weekend because I will be online and off-line.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Dear Expert,


Many thanks for your answer.

Unfortunately, it is completely useless.

I am not a laywer, and I am not going to discuss which part of UCTA this discrimination breaches.

I got in touch with your website in order to find a solution to the incredible difficulty in finding a flat in the UK because I am a pet owner (please refer to my last words: "could you please give me any suggestions?"). I'll make you an example: which letting agencies are pet friendly, am I subject to expulsion in case I take my dog with me in a apartment without telling to the landlord, etc.

I guess I just threw away 26 pounds...




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I haven’t answered you yet.
I am happy to answer you, however I cannot give you the answer that you were looking for. I can give you the answer but not the one which you want.
You said “I am aware what is happening is unfair at according to UCTA” and I asked which part of the Act it breached. The reason I ask is that I cannot for one moment think of which part of the unfair contract terms act a landlord not allowing pet owners breaches.
The fact remains that the landlord is entitled to discriminate against pet owners and smokers. The discrimination regulations cover sex, gender, race and religion but not smoking or owning an animal.
I’m sorry, I appreciate it isn’t the answer you wanted but I’m afraid that the law does not provide a remedy to compel a landlord to allow someone into the property smokes (which I appreciate you have not asked about but I mention for completeness) or has a pet.
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Experience: PGD Law. 20 years legal profession, 6 as partner in High Street practice
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