Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Push for Pets to Go Inside; Government's Review of Tenancy Legislation Focuses on Issue of Pet Ownership

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Push for Pets to Go Inside; Government's Review of Tenancy Legislation Focuses on Issue of Pet Ownership

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Byline: Rainee Shepperson Rainee.Shepperson@dailymercury.com.au

PET owners may find it easier to find a rental property following the government's review of tenancy legislation.

The Open Doors to Renting Reform consultation program which finishes today, was carried out in a bid to improve the real estate market for renters, landlords and real estate agents.

One of the most common concerns raised by tenants was the difficulty finding a property that would allow pets.

A Mackay tenant and pet owner who wishes to remain anonymous, said she has been looking for a new rental property for six months with no luck.

"Every house I have applied for over the last six months has rejected me because I have pets," she said.

"I have two small, well trained dogs that wouldn't cause any problems.

"For a lot of people, their dogs are like their children, so it's really unfair that pets are excluded."

The tenant is currently paying $320 a week for a four bedroom house, just so she can keep the dogs with her.

"I am renting a four bedroom house by myself, because there are so few other options that will allow pets," she said.

"Most units that have a small back yard suitable for a dog don't allow pets.

"I really think something needs to change."

Mackay rental property owner David Caracciolo is happy to allow tenants to have outside animals, but thinks it should be left up to the discretion of the landlord.

"Pets shouldn't be a given, it should be left up to the home owner to decide," Mr Caracciolo said.

"Some small dogs are fine but you will see cases where big dogs have dug up the yard and come inside the house and caused a huge mess.

"It's the small percentage of tenants that ruin it for everyone else."

Mr Caracciolo owns several rental properties and has been a landlord since the early 90s. …

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