Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Renters in Bind over Pets; Finding Homes with Furry Friends

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Renters in Bind over Pets; Finding Homes with Furry Friends

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Byline: Claudia Jambor

FINDING a new place to rent shouldn't come with the heart-breaking cost of parting ways with your beloved pet.

Sadly, this is a reality faced by many pet owners according to Northern Rivers Animal Service secretary Vicki Kelly - who said the majority of their dog and cat surrenders arise from rentals that aren't pet friendly.

"I'd rather live in a tent than give away my dog, but some people don't have the choice," Ms Kelly said.

The climbing number of pet surrenders due to living circumstances compelled Ms Kelly and NRAS to campaign to real estate agents on the Northern Rivers to better educate landlords about opening their properties to those with furry friends.

Elders Real Estate Alstonville property manager Krysti MacRae said the landlord determines whether pets are allowed in rentals.

In 2010, changes to the Residential Tenancies Act allowed for a special lease for pet owners, stipulating the property must be professionally cleaned and fumigated inside and out for all pests. …

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