Change to laws about dangerous dogs

Following a rise in attacks and deaths caused by XL Bully dogs, the UK government has recently added this breed to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

At NCHA we specify that ‘weapon dogs and dogs specified in the Dangerous Dogs Act’ are not allowed in NCHA properties. You can find our rules on pets on our website.

However, we do not intend to ask customers who own XL Bully dogs in our homes, with our consent, before this change in the law came into effect to give them up, providing that they comply with the laws around ownership, as detailed on This includes getting a Certificate of Exemption by 1 February 2024. If they don’t, then they will be committing a criminal offence and a breach of tenancy.

If we received complaints about an XL Bully dog being a nuisance, we would investigate this in the usual way.