Local push for landlords to make their properties pet-friendly
Pilbara residents love their furry friends, but pet owners can often struggle to find pet-friendly rental accommodation.
Some local real estate agents and animal rescue organisation Saving Animals From Euthanasia are encouraging more property owners to allow pets to live in their rental houses.
Hedland First National senior sales consultant Rick Hockey said about 40 per cent of landlords the business dealt with didn’t permit pets because of fleas, odours and property and furniture damage.
Crawford Realty sales consultant Erika Maylam said she believed more landlords should allow their tenants to keep pets.
“Pet owners make up a large proportion of the Pilbara’s population, and with a high level of investment properties in town, not allowing pets to reside at the property drastically reduces the tenant pool available to you,” she said.
SAFE founder Sue Hedley said more pet-permitting rental accommodation would be a great help to the organisation’s cause.
“SAFE regularly hears from people who love animals and would love to support SAFE by fostering,” she said.
“They get all excited about the possibility and often check with real estate and they are not allowed to have pets at their home. It’s such a waste of good and loving homes.”
A 2014 report by realestate.com revealed eight of 10 landlords were open to accepting pets if tenants paid slightly more rent.
The website’s head of sales and operations, Arthur Charlaftis, said tenants seeking pet-friendly accommodation should start a conversation with their landlord or property manager.
“Just because a property isn’t marketed as ‘pet-friendly’ doesn’t mean the landlord is against you having a dog, cat or budgerigar,” he said.
“Our research reveals that landlords and their property managers can actually be quite flexible when it comes to bringing your furry friend into the property, provided the tenant is responsible and willing to pay to have their pet there.”
Your landlord may be accepting of your furry friend if you’re willing to pay slightly more rent.