Hi, I wanted to add a comment to the ‘Cats in Apartments’ discussion.
I have been contacted today by my real estate agent for the apartment I rent and they have received a letter about my cat from someone, presumably in consultation with the body corporate.
Having read the discussion here it is nice to know that other people are aware of this incredibly unfair and nasty situation. I’m so disappointed that there seems to be no way of fighting it. I have had my cat for the past 5 years in rentals in the ACT and WA and have never had a problem. I’ve always had 100% of my bond back because my cat doesn’t cause any damage.
A one size fits all rule that does not take into account the type of pet and type of owners is ludicrous. Not many people choose to rent because they want to and if they do its usually because they don’t have a choice. I know lessors will think ”boo hoo for you ” but I really see this as a fundamental human right and the fact that my pet doesn’t do any damage or harm just makes it so unfair.
I’m more than happy to take into account any considerations that effect land lords and most cat most pet owners would be quite prepared to pay any associated costs. If they don’t then apply the ban, on an individual basis.
Its hard enough with the rental and housing situation in Canberra as others have mentioned without another thing that making it even harder. So I will sit in my overpriced rental without my pet. Does that make them happy? I do hope they get good returns for their ‘pet free’ investment.
I can’t see that there will be any change as those with the money always have the power and so its just not an issue a politician would go into bat for, please correct me if I’m wrong. Another writer mentioned a cut of 23 August to do something – can someone tell me what this is?
I’m going to fight a losing battle with the BC I just know it, but maybe I’ll have a few more precious weeks/days with the cat that has seen me through so much… I really don’t know what’s worse, losing my cat or breaking the lease (which is simply not an option) and going back to square one of the Canberra rental market… neither of which I can afford.