“The decision to keep a pet should have no bearing on the legal or financial foundation on which your home is established.”
“Keeping a pet is a personal choice and adults shouldn’t have to ask permission for it. Landlords refusing pets is a common complaint and a growing issue.”“The simple fact is more people are renting for longer, people are having to put off getting pets, having families, getting on with their lives because they haven’t managed to achieve the dream of home ownership.”“This is something that is the new normal. Our national attitudes toward whether you own your home or rent your home sort of needs to catch up.”
RSPCA Victoria has suggested the possibility of introducing pet bonds as a means of relaxing landlord’s attitudes towards pets (paying over and above ticketed bond price as an surety; a thing which is currently very illegal).
“It should be up to the tenant to make the decision and wear the consequences of that decision, the rules are already adequate to protect landlords and their properties.”
Proposed laws being considered by the NSW Government could soon see people living in strata housing simply inform a body corporate of the presence of a resident pet via a written letter; timely, given that statistics suggest half of the NSW population will be living or working in strata buildings by 2040.