Fluffy the snake a model ten­ant, prop­erty man­ager says

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Prop­erty Ex­change se­nior prop­erty man­ager Katie Dal­ton came face to face with a snake at a re­cent rou­tine in­spec­tion.

How­ever, it was not an un­pleas­ant sur­prise: Fluffy is the ten­ant’s pet snake.

Mrs Dal­ton said it was not the first time she had come across a snake in her more than 10-year ca­reer in prop­erty man­age­ment.

“While they are un­usual, they do make good pets,” she said.

“They are com­pact and don’t re­quire a lot of at­ten­tion.”

Mrs Dal­ton said land­lords did not need to feel squea­mish about hav­ing a snake take up res­i­dence at their prop­erty – in fact, there were sev­eral ad­van­tages.

“When it comes to al­low­ing pets, many land­lords are wor­ried about po­ten­tial dam­age to the prop­erty, how­ever this is ex­tremely un­likely to oc­cur with a snake,” she said.

“Plus, in most cases their food is kept in a freezer so is un­likely to at­tract ver­min, they are not go­ing to make noise and dis­turb neigh­bours, and they don’t need a lot of space.”

Mrs Dal­ton said in these cases ten­ants were still re­quired to pay a pet bond and it was im­por­tant to check they had the nec­es­sary li­cences. ■

Katie Dal­ton with Fluffy.

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