Pet lovers being moved to new housing have been told they can’t replace their animals if they die.
People wept at a meeting when they were given the news by a housing association which is demolishing their homes in a £150million redevelopment.
Home Group, one of the UK’s biggest housing associations, said flats with a communal access had a no pets policy – so existing animals could be moved over but not replaced.
Resident Mark Scott, a former union official, said: “It is bang out of order.
"Two pensioners burst into tears because they’ve got cats.
“My mate was upset too – he’s got a dog.
"A pet is part of your family.”
He said council tenants had been let down by their new landlord.
Around 500 homes are being built under regeneration plans in Watford, Herts.