No fricken way that is so mean..
I just read you questions and the answers and wanted to put in an extra two cents.
The liability issue is why they're having you crate up your dog. And it is a reasonable requirement. If they required it ALL the time that would be different, I'd move.
On the note of everyone thinking keeping a dog in an apartment when you work a job borders on animal cruelty, that's just stupid. If you have your dog trained to where you can leave it out in your apartment all day there's not that much difference than when you are at home, other than not as much company. And if you do have to kennel your dog a well trained dog views his/her kennel as a safe place, like your bedroom when you were a kid. Through in a chew toy, preferably stuffed with a few treats, and they'll be golden until you get home. Take them on their walks to do their business etc. and get them some exercise and play with them for awhile and they'll be just fine. A well adjusted dog can hold it until you get home from work as long as you took them out right before you left. I'm not saying it's best but people shouldn't try and deny those who live in apartments the joys of a pet and call them cruel for crating them while at work. One of my friends who has an apartment takes better care and has a more adjusted dog than my brother who has a whole farm for his dogs to run on.
Yeah I understand that, you might want to try crate training them to like their crates, put them in for short times with treats etc. then when they're quiet get them out and tell them what good dogs they are etc.
Might work might not, every dog responds differently.
It's a liability issue. The worst dog bite I have ever had was from one of those dogs that "don't bite, just bark a lot at strangers". The owner has liabilities and he is protecting himself.
Cats are okay, but I don't understand apartment dwellers who have dogs...
Not in the UK you dont.