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joey&boo
30-05-2015, 10:46 PM
:? Any thoughts, ideas would be very much appreciated.

Please bear with me. I rent the house I live in now via a letting agent who as standard does 6 monthly inspections.
They know we had 2 house rabbits as we put them on the application form & also chatted at length to the agent about bunnies when we viewed the property. I was slightly irked that our contract hadn't been adapted to include rabbits but didn't act on it. Six weeks after moving in our beloved Bunny Noodle left us :( When it came down to our home check for adopting Joey his next wife (Boo) we needed proof of landlord consent. I asked the letting agent to put the bunnies on the contract & they said instead they would do a "bunny inspection" which went well as they havent damaged the house (not in any way that wasn't easily masked with polyfilla & a lick of paint:lol:). So we passed that & we got a rubbish letter saying we were allowed to keep rabbits outside:evil: I called to complain & was told that if everything was ok at the next inspection the bunnies would go on the contract. The next inspection raised no issues (Joey & Boo looking super sweet doing DBF in front of the fireplace ). Surprise surprise (despite a verbal reminder) the renewed contract arrived with no mention of bunnies. Grrr

I adopted Mouse (bunny) on the 17th & couldn't believe it when the letting agent called on the 18th to arrange an inspection. I've put her off til thursday but I really don't know what to do with my bunnies. On former inspections I've made a point of keeping them in as they have perfect toilet habits. Now however its a right poo fest which i understand is normal during bonding but I can't have her seeing it like this. By the time she'd got to the freshly hoovered lounge it'd be poo chaos again. If I wasn't bonding I'd pop them in the garden but they (all 3) aren't ready to move on to their next space - esp the garden which is pretty big. Any ideas, advice would be so welcome

KatP
30-05-2015, 11:12 PM
If I have read your post correctly then the rabbits should have gone onto your last contract but the letting agent has missed them off. In which case you are allowed to have your rabbits as indoor buns as it's the letting agent who has got the contract wrong. So I would keep the rabbits as they are and explain that you are in the process of bonding so they are pooping everywhere to mark territory. The poop isn't hurting anything it's just adding another job for you having to clean it up!

I'm in a rented house which we rent direct through our landlord, he was amazed when we applied for the house with a house rabbit and asked us so many questions as he really hadn't come across house rabbits before but has been great about it all and when he came to mend something was really intrigued to meet her and was stunned that she is litter trained! In our previous house we rented through an agent and it was a nightmare, paperwork not being correct and repairs taking ages to happen.

Good luck with your inspection I know how stressful they can be.

joey&boo
30-05-2015, 11:27 PM
If I have read your post correctly then the rabbits should have gone onto your last contract but the letting agent has missed them off. In which case you are allowed to have your rabbits as indoor buns as it's the letting agent who has got the contract wrong. So I would keep the rabbits as they are and explain that you are in the process of bonding so they are pooping everywhere to mark territory. The poop isn't hurting anything it's just adding another job for you having to clean it up!

I'm in a rented house which we rent direct through our landlord, he was amazed when we applied for the house with a house rabbit and asked us so many questions as he really hadn't come across house rabbits before but has been great about it all and when he came to mend something was really intrigued to meet her and was stunned that she is litter trained! In our previous house we rented through an agent and it was a nightmare, paperwork not being correct and repairs taking ages to happen.

Good luck with your inspection I know how stressful they can be.

Hey KatP :wave: thanks for your reply . You are of course correct, I just don't know if I'm brave enough. More important is not upsetting the bunny applecart though so I need to get brave. She probably can't evict me / or be bothered with the hassle as we are good tenants. Maybe I should just pick the bunny poo from between my toes with pride? Or say nothing until she does & say "so now you want to acknowledge they exist?". It's like the bunny episode of Father Ted

MightyMax
30-05-2015, 11:36 PM
Hi there :wave:

OK, so I have not been in rented property with bunnies. However, I would personally not like to let anyone in my house if there was a poo fest going on :lol: That's just me ... it wouldn't happen. So I would think of some way around it ...

If she wasn't going to look in every room (i.e. bathroom, loo etc) then I would distribute the rabbits around with a litter tray (makeshift if necessary) in rooms/places that she wasn't going to see them. I would give them something interesting to do/eat for the duration to keep them quiet :D Last resort, I may also put them into a pet carrier in the car - yes I know it's not nice, but I find my bunnies aren't really stressed unless the car is going somewhere.

Or, best scenario, get an understanding friend to take them, giving you time to tidy up.

I don't think it's a question of being 'brave' to let someone see all the bunny poo, and non-bun folk wouldn't really understand about 'bonding' and why it causes a mess. I think it's a question of pride and dignity, and presenting yourself as someone who respects property? Maybe?

yaretzi
30-05-2015, 11:36 PM
How do you normally keep your bunnies - are they usually free range? If so it might be worth penning them in to a puppy panel type area for the time when she's coming, and lining the floor with tarp/lino etc? If you bend the tarp up the sides and just explain there's more poo than normal due to bonding but that's why you've contained them (she doesn't need to know that smaller areas are better for bonding, so you'll get bonus points for seemingly penning them in just to keep it tidy!). I can't imagine many landlords would make a fuss about that. It's a bit of a faff to get a puppy panel and some flooring if you don't already have anything, but if it helps you feel less anxious it's worth it I reckon!

Liz47
30-05-2015, 11:41 PM
I live in a rented flat and always worry when inspections happen! We have one next week between next mon-fri and have got permission for the pets but not written for Jake bunny yet and he's free range in the front room with no where to shut him in (we have pen panels round the tv we could make in a pen though just for while they're here). I'm sure they'll be fine about the bunnies, as you said you're good tenants. You could also just let them know about bonding and its temporary, beano and Gordon had a fight and where put in the pen in the kitchen for rebonding once which was a mess and took up all the kitchen but they didn't mind after I explained why they were in there!

KatP
30-05-2015, 11:48 PM
Hey KatP :wave: thanks for your reply . You are of course correct, I just don't know if I'm brave enough. More important is not upsetting the bunny applecart though so I need to get brave. She probably can't evict me / or be bothered with the hassle as we are good tenants. Maybe I should just pick the bunny poo from between my toes with pride? Or say nothing until she does & say "so now you want to acknowledge they exist?". It's like the bunny episode of Father Ted

As you say not upsetting the bunny apple cart is the most important thing. You have been open and honest about having the buns from the start even if this is a different pairing to what you started with. They agreed to you having the buns so they can't now raise any objection unless the buns have caused major destruction (which they haven't) so don't hide them away, just be open and honest that you are in the process of bonding so yes there are more poops but they are dry poops and don't leave marks on the flooring. As you have said you are good tenants then they really won't want to get rid of you. I see it from both sides as I rent and my dad is also a landlord ( not for my property) and believe me it's much better to keep good tenants than to get new tenants who are an unknown quantity. Also remind the person doing the inspection that the rabbits should have been included on the contract but that they seem to have missed this when you got your last contract! Put it back on them!

KatP
30-05-2015, 11:52 PM
So pick the bunny poop out from between your toes with pride, stand tall, and make sure she adds the rabbits to your contract. You could even tell her you will be refusing to sign the next contract if the rabbits aren't on it! Bet they add them straight away with no problems.

joey&boo
31-05-2015, 12:02 AM
Aw thank you all for taking the time to read never mind reply - there are some ace ideas & points. I hope one day they will regain there good litter habits .

Mightymax you are soooo right in that its a poor way to present myself - esp to my letting agent. I'm cringing at the prospect of my parents visiting next weekend & seeing it all & they are more than used to my odd bunny ways after 20+ years.
I think popping them in side by side carriers might be acceptable. If they are on time it'll be 30 mins, 60 max. I don't drive but better than that the garden has loads of mature plants, bushes, trees & a suitable hidey areas behind the shed & raspberry canes

joey&boo
31-05-2015, 12:05 AM
So pick the bunny poop out from between your toes with pride, stand tall, and make sure she adds the rabbits to your contract. You could even tell her you will be refusing to sign the next contract if the rabbits aren't on it! Bet they add them straight away with no problems.

I'll definitely keep at trying for them on the contract - if we rent again it's a good reference in a way - my previous 2 landlords have been great with my bunnies but this woman is a snooty type

MightyMax
31-05-2015, 12:14 AM
Aw thank you all for taking the time to read never mind reply - there are some ace ideas & points. I hope one day they will regain there good litter habits .

Mightymax you are soooo right in that its a poor way to present myself - esp to my letting agent. I'm cringing at the prospect of my parents visiting next weekend & seeing it all & they are more than used to my odd bunny ways after 20+ years.
I think popping them in side by side carriers might be acceptable. If they are on time it'll be 30 mins, 60 max. I don't drive but better than that the garden has loads of mature plants, bushes, trees & a suitable hidey areas behind the shed & raspberry canes

Ah yes, very good idea!

I was hesitant to put my point of view, but I know how I feel when surprised by builders etc and not had time to clear up. When I had a stove installed, the man came round and was looking at the old fireplace. He put his rucksack on the carpet just beside where my old buns have their bed. I realised there were a few stray poos on the floor and that when he lifted his rucksack up again, they would probably be stuck to it :shock:

As luck would have it, he had to fetch something out of his car, so I hastily picked up his bag, cleaned it down, and scooped up the poos. We know that bun poo is harmless and inevitable. It gives a different impression to strangers though ... especially snooty ones like your letting agent :lol:

Scrappy's Little Helper
31-05-2015, 01:01 AM
I can really sympathise with your predicament as I rent as well and those landlord inspections can be a bit of a pain. Really bad timing for you though in the middle of a bond. As others have said, we would understand it as temporary territorial behaviour but it can be difficult for others to understand.

I'm sorry I can't offer any practical advice but really hope you manage to get something worked out x

joey&boo
31-05-2015, 01:38 AM
I can really sympathise with your predicament as I rent as well and those landlord inspections can be a bit of a pain. Really bad timing for you though in the middle of a bond. As others have said, we would understand it as temporary territorial behaviour but it can be difficult for others to understand.

I'm sorry I can't offer any practical advice but really hope you manage to get something worked out x

No I really appreciate your well wishes. I've rented many places but never anywhere that did this inspection thing.

ImoT
31-05-2015, 09:16 AM
Aw thank you all for taking the time to read never mind reply - there are some ace ideas & points. I hope one day they will regain there good litter habits .

Mightymax you are soooo right in that its a poor way to present myself - esp to my letting agent. I'm cringing at the prospect of my parents visiting next weekend & seeing it all & they are more than used to my odd bunny ways after 20+ years.
I think popping them in side by side carriers might be acceptable. If they are on time it'll be 30 mins, 60 max. I don't drive but better than that the garden has loads of mature plants, bushes, trees & a suitable hidey areas behind the shed & raspberry canes

I think putting them in carriers/penning them in somewhere during the inspection is the best idea. My mum is a landlord and she herself has 9 animals and of course values good tenants, but I know she wouldn't be too happy walking into one of her properties and seeing bunny poop everywhere! I think you should also push whoever comes to do the inspection to put the bunnies on your contract! Good luck :)

Fluffybunny54
31-05-2015, 11:02 AM
Quite frankly I'd try to keep it clean and tidy and not make a big thing regarding having house bunnies. A lot of people don't understand. My son used to rent and had regular six months inspections from letting agents. he had a cat, which he still has now she's aged 17yrs. There were always problems with them and the cat. They complained about cat hair on the windowsills and they complained about the litter tray, they complained about the food dishes. It didn't seem to matter how careful, clean and tidy he was they complained. Eventually he was able to buy a house and he still has his little cat. I don't want to put a downer on it for you. Good luck!

joey&boo
03-06-2015, 06:27 PM
Well would you believe in the last 48 hours my rabbits have regained their perfect litter habits, not a poo out of place! I'm so proud Here they are enjoying breakfast

http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo197/louisefoot/DSCF6296_zpsbnwreyp8.jpg (http://s375.photobucket.com/user/louisefoot/media/DSCF6296_zpsbnwreyp8.jpg.html)

I'm hoping the improvement is also a sign they are increasingly comfortable together.

tulsi
03-06-2015, 08:03 PM
Awwww. What a gorgeous picture. Are those beech leaves? We have loads in our garden.

MightyMax
03-06-2015, 08:14 PM
Oh my goodness, aren't they sweet :love:

<swoons at the sight of Lady Boo :D>

joey&boo
03-06-2015, 09:54 PM
Awwww. What a gorgeous picture. Are those beech leaves? We have loads in our garden.

They are indeed beech. They are growing really fast now & we have 2 massive hedges so it's a good stop gap before I go over the garden wall for their other forage fodder. When the beech leaves are all crispy & brown the bunnies tend to eat them when they get together under the garden bench after a day of free ranging. We call them wafer thins mins .. monty python style :lol:

joey&boo
03-06-2015, 09:55 PM
Oh my goodness, aren't they sweet :love:

<swoons at the sight of Lady Boo :D>

Well thank you kindly mightmax, I'm always happy to accept a compliment on behalf of my rabbits. I'm loving having a trio

Shrinkie
03-06-2015, 10:00 PM
haha what a gorgeous picture of them

ravenmoore36
03-06-2015, 11:00 PM
when I had an inspection at our rented flat about a month ago my boy bunny decided he hadn't marked his territory for a while.....poop all over the shop. when the inspector commented on this I explained he was stressed as a stranger was in the house and my bunny was letting the inspector know that this was his home . that this was not what it was normally like. he asked loads of questions but all is well.

dizzyg
04-06-2015, 07:15 AM
Haha! That photo looks like they're saying 'look mummy, we can be perfectly well behaved bunnehs'

So cute! :love:

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 10:29 AM
haha what a gorgeous picture of them

Thanks Shrinkie. What does your bunny look like?

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 10:33 AM
when I had an inspection at our rented flat about a month ago my boy bunny decided he hadn't marked his territory for a while.....poop all over the shop. when the inspector commented on this I explained he was stressed as a stranger was in the house and my bunny was letting the inspector know that this was his home . that this was not what it was normally like. he asked loads of questions but all is well.

:lol: naughty bunny. I am half expecting ours would have a nice poo on the carpet relapse so still intending to hide them in carriers around the garden. Poor Boo, it's her birthday today & not only will she have been deprived of garden time for 3 weeks but she will be able to smell & see it from her mini prison. Ah well, if she'd been nicer to Mouse earlier on ...

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 10:34 AM
Haha! That photo looks like they're saying 'look mummy, we can be perfectly well behaved bunnehs'

So cute! :love:

:lol: Can but probably won't

Mandmcc
04-06-2015, 10:47 AM
The very day I brought Blossom home from the sanctuary to start bonding last summer my landlord phoned to say she had organised three viewings that evening, I ended up with four bunnies in carriers, a cat in each bedroom, a dog on the sofa barking at everyone who came up the drive and a chicken who was not impressed at being put in a run and was giving off buckets!! Must have looked like a mad house; but at least it was immaculate; so much so that I felt sorry for the perspective tenants, they didn't seem to have a clue that the place was under rent control because the landlord was the limit!!! The things we to preserve respectability eh?!


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Shrinkie
04-06-2015, 11:04 AM
Thanks Shrinkie. What does your bunny look like?

She looks like a wee torag! haha

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll168/nicolashand/11_zpsq4s9nxhd.png (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/nicolashand/media/11_zpsq4s9nxhd.png.html)

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 11:30 AM
The very day I brought Blossom home from the sanctuary to start bonding last summer my landlord phoned to say she had organised three viewings that evening, I ended up with four bunnies in carriers, a cat in each bedroom, a dog on the sofa barking at everyone who came up the drive and a chicken who was not impressed at being put in a run and was giving off buckets!! Must have looked like a mad house; but at least it was immaculate; so much so that I felt sorry for the perspective tenants, they didn't seem to have a clue that the place was under rent control because the landlord was the limit!!! The things we to preserve respectability eh?!


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I'm so glad I'm not alone with all this, 3.5 hours to go

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 11:31 AM
She looks like a wee torag! haha

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll168/nicolashand/11_zpsq4s9nxhd.png (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/nicolashand/media/11_zpsq4s9nxhd.png.html)

Oh what a cutie. She looks like an angel! I'm well aware looks can be deceptive though eh Shrinkie

Shrinkie
04-06-2015, 11:47 AM
:lol: no kidding, that was her begging for being petted - after literally 2 hours solid of it. Got the same face on now.

Not long tell us how you get on with the inspection. I've not added anything but I'm with everyone else and where it's been a case of you've notified them but it's all the technicallity of paperwork - well that's not really your fault at the end of the day.

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 11:51 AM
:lol: no kidding, that was her begging for being petted - after literally 2 hours solid of it. Got the same face on now.

Not long tell us how you get on with the inspection. I've not added anything but I'm with everyone else and where it's been a case of you've notified them but it's all the technicallity of paperwork - well that's not really your fault at the end of the day.

They are off outside regardless. They are jumping on & off furniture & generally quite manic - it's normally sleep time by now. Technically I have also only been upfront about having 2 rabbits. All is clean & tidy, I intend to leave their rabbity bits & pieces around & will say they are outside if asked & will push for the contract

Shrinkie
04-06-2015, 12:21 PM
Yeah tht amkes more sense (I was getting a little confused about what was happening with them) and I would be the same in that case - only answer if asked and be pushing for the contract which was supposed to have been done a while back

ravenmoore36
04-06-2015, 12:42 PM
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/04/57f3a269f8634c206059abcb27f976f9.jpg
my little charmer

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 12:44 PM
Gorgeous little flopster

ravenmoore36
04-06-2015, 12:48 PM
he can put a cat to shame when it comes to flopping

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 03:40 PM
Inspection went fine (with the bunnies outside). However I did feel a little too confident that the house is looking a lot better than we moved in & some decorating has been done so I did go on about the rabbits not being on the contract a little too much. She said they can go on a new contract but that means I'd be tied to staying here 6 months whereas the rolling agreement means only a months notice. Managed to get a copy of the letter they wrote to the RSPCA though so at least I have something in black & white

MightyMax
04-06-2015, 03:42 PM
Inspection went fine (with the bunnies outside). However I did feel a little too confident that the house is looking a lot better than we moved in & some decorating has been done so I did go on about the rabbits not being on the contract a little too much. She said they can go on a new contract but that means I'd be tied to staying here 6 months whereas the rolling agreement means only a months notice. Managed to get a copy of the letter they wrote to the RSPCA though so at least I have something in black & white

Gosh they don't make it easy for you, do they :roll:

joey&boo
04-06-2015, 03:47 PM
Gosh they don't make it easy for you, do they :roll:

No they don't - however I am relieved that its all over for 6 months . Now if I come on here around November -December time asking advice about turning a trio in to a quad PLEASE have stern words with me:lol:

MightyMax
04-06-2015, 04:09 PM
No they don't - however I am relieved that its all over for 6 months . Now if I come on here around November -December time asking advice about turning a trio in to a quad PLEASE have stern words with me:lol:

:lol: I'll be picking your brains more like!

joey&boo
26-04-2016, 12:34 PM
11 months on & we've just had another inspection. No hiding bunnies in bushes this time, they were all cuddled up together & got an "awww, sweet" from the letting agent.

Good bunnies :love:

MightyMax
26-04-2016, 04:00 PM
11 months on & we've just had another inspection. No hiding bunnies in bushes this time, they were all cuddled up together & got an "awww, sweet" from the letting agent.

Good bunnies :love:


Phew that's a relief :D

I didn't catch the date, and read the first post and thought there were issues :shock:

<wake up MM :lol: >

joey&boo
26-04-2016, 04:12 PM
Phew that's a relief :D

I didn't catch the date, and read the first post and thought there were issues :shock:

<wake up MM :lol: >

no its me. I don't know how to edit thread titles:lol:

Bunny Buddy
26-04-2016, 04:25 PM
*looks for the video of Moo digging the litter tray*

Glad the bunnies behaved :love:

joey&boo
26-04-2016, 04:49 PM
*looks for the video of Moo digging the litter tray*

Glad the bunnies behaved :love:

Aw I might have to revisit that video. Poor Boo Boo has had her digging rights removed by an introduction of wooden box to house litter trays - no space to hang her bum over the end anymore:lol:. I'm seriously impressed - one poo on the carpet since 11am

MightyMax
26-04-2016, 06:09 PM
Aw I might have to revisit that video. Poor Boo Boo has had her digging rights removed by an introduction of wooden box to house litter trays - no space to hang her bum over the end anymore:lol:. I'm seriously impressed - one poo on the carpet since 11am

One poo? :shock:

But what will become of Henry?