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Pet owners being discriminated against?

By vetboy1 21 May 2009 22

I have just stumbled across an earlier post about companion animals in rental accommodation and think it is about time something was seriously done about this issue.

I am a Veterinary Surgeon and have been renting for a number of years. For years I have been desperate to start a “dog” family but am unable to because of ridiculous by laws set by by increasingly militant strata groups.

Despite many appeals to strata and landlords alike, and logic not prevailing, it seems even a Vet is unlikely to be a responsible pet owner and the process has always met with a resounding NO.

Whilst I am fully aware that most strata organisations are toothless tigers, what is unfortunately in their capacity, is the ability to make your rental record look like absolute rubbish which will make further rental near impossible.

I am not schooled in law, but I believe that there it would not be unreasonable to suggest that this form of rental restriction is a form of unfair discrimination and if pressed in a court of law, could a precedent be set upon which this ridiculous trend of no pets is binned for ever?

I totally agree with all the earlier respondents and clearly this “law” has been established due to poor behaviour by previous pet owning renters.

However, it is by no means a difficult task to come up with a fair and reasonable act that allows pets and protects landlords simultaneously. By constructing a law that provides certain criteria and checks and balances, I believe a balance could be struck between successful responsible pet owneship and the ability of a landlord to rent his/her property out in the knowledge that any damage caused by human (or animal) will be accounted for and remedied (pet bond).

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djk 4:58 pm 21 May 09

AG Canberra said :

Friends of ours have just leased out a house and they had a strict no kids policy….

Not sure if this was toungue in cheek or not, but certainly raises an interesting point.

Kids or animals would likely do a similar amount of damage to a property, but I dont think I have ever seen an ad saying “no groups, no pets, no kids”.

That would seem much more likely to gain the ire of A Current Affair et al.

Slight derail, but isnt the whole rental process about discrimination anyway? – Agents/landlords picking people who basically they think will look after the property the best, or conversely will damage it the least. Eg. older couples, professionals, no kids, no pets, non smokers, etc.

screaming banshee 4:15 pm 21 May 09

Jim Jones said :

vandam said :

I agree, however also agree that what ever damage pets do, ie garden, carpets etc etc, that should be paid by the pet owner.

And a bond should remain as a deposit rather than being money that owners can take to repaint the house etc. House upkeep/repairs should be accounted for in the rent price.

My point is that the rate of wear and tear is much greater with pets…and kids too but I didn’t want to drag that into the discussion.

If you were prepared to acknowledge that wear and tear increases with pets would you then be prepared to pay a higher rent for the same property than someone without pets (or kids)

I actually rented a property for 6 months with my two dogs and in that time the walls of the laundry in which they slept were completely ruined by the dogs regularly rubbing against them and I had to repaint those walls before I left the property.

Fortunately for me the owner’s agent was not too concerned about the myriad of yellow stains and dead grass in the backyard and scratches on the rear deck but they would have been quite within their right to request that I rectify or deduct costs for repairs from my bond.

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