Lo­cal push for land­lords to make their prop­er­ties pet-friendly

Pilbara News - - Property - Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Your land­lord may be ac­cept­ing of your furry friend if you’re will­ing to pay slightly more rent.

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