THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@ big­pond. com

THE tide is turn­ing for renters with pets. To be com­pet­i­tive in the rental property mar­ket, more own­ers of apart­ment com­plexes are cater­ing specifi cally to ten­ants who have pets.

Property own­ers are recog­nis­ing the mar­ket­ing po­ten­tial and also that re­spon­si­ble pet own­ers make good ten­ants.

Apart­ment build­ings in the US lead the way by of­fer­ing pet wash­ing and groom­ing sta­tions, out­door and in­door dog runs, agility cour­ses, rooftop dog walks and pet train­ers to work with ten­ants.

Some hold pet events or “yappy hours”, pro­vid­ing valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for own­ers and pets to so­cialise.

Oth­ers have pet decks with ar­tifi cial turf and sprin­kler sys­tems which clean and sani­tise the area. The rental in­dus­try in Aus­tralia has been slower to adapt to the trend, how­ever, leg­isla­tive ad­vances are be­ing made to bet­ter ac­com­mo­date the large num­ber of people whose pets are im­por­tant to them.

In ur­ban set­tings par­tic­u­larly, this means proac­tively plan­ning to sup­port the rights of ten­ants to keep pets, where ten­ants can re­spon­si­bly meet the needs of their an­i­mals and their neigh­bours.

Pet- friendly leg­is­la­tion in NSW sees re­forms to strata laws, with by­laws set to change from a de­fault po­si­tion that says pets aren’t al­lowed un­less the own­ers cor­po­ra­tion de­cides other­wise, to ones where pets are per­mit­ted, sub­ject to what­ever con­di­tions the own­ers cor­po­ra­tion might set. As part of the con­sul­ta­tion process, the NSW govern­ment re­ceived a large num­ber of sub­mis­sions on strata re­form ex­press­ing the view that pet own­er­ship is un­rea­son­ably re­stricted in many strata schemes.

Most of Syd­ney’s new de­vel­op­ments are now de­signed to be pet- friendly – a re­lief for many given our coun­try’s high­est in­ci­dence of pet own­er­ship per house­hold in the world.

It’s es­pe­cially good news for owner- oc­cu­piers, baby boomers and empty- nesters, many of whom choose apart­ment liv­ing and want to keep their pets.

It means fewer people are sep­a­rated from their com­pan­ion an­i­mals due to blan­ket no- pet rules and fewer an­i­mals are sur­ren­dered to an­i­mal shel­ters or res­cue groups.

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