For many animal lovers, finding a home best suited for yourself and your pet can be a struggle. Not only may the place you love be unsuitable for the type of pet you own but also the majority of landlords legally won’t allow you to keep your pet in the place you wish to rent.
While it is agreeable that it may be inappropriate to keep some pets such as active dogs in small apartments, the blanket law shouldn’t mean people can’t keep cats or smaller less active pooches that they consider family.
As a result of the current laws outlined in the NSW Residential Tenancy Act, over 500 dogs have been surrendered to the RSPCA since 2015. This is not only an extremely heart-wrenching figure to animal lovers around Australia but also means the states pound resources are being pushed to the absolute limits.
However, New South Wales has been persuaded to review the Act after Victoria and Queensland both have tolerated changes to improve the lives of people and pets alike. Even the owners of apartments and townhouses are getting behind the push, since allowing pets opens your property to a larger market and ultimately adds value.
Some may argue that if the State allows a leniency on property laws and pet ownership rights, people will be keeping their pets in unsuitable conditions. The RSPCA clearly states under each adoption profile that property checks may be required at the discretion of the agency. However, this is not the case for those who wish to buy from a breeder or pet store.RSPCA clearly states under each adoption profile that property checks may be required at the discretion of the agency. However, this is not the case for those who wish to buy from a breeder or pet store.
‘Dear Customer, please note a property check may be required before adoption to ensure the safety and welfare of our animals. Rental agreements allowing pets will be required for adoptions into rental properties’ | RSPCA Adoption DisclaimerRSPCA Adoption Disclaimer
The volunteers and workers at animal shelters around Australia are usually passionate about their animals and want to see them live in the best home. If they don’t think an owner is suited to a pet or the description of their home, they often will not allow the animal to go with that owner, or suggest another breed.
For lots of people, life without pets is dull and meaningless. So it seems harsh to tell pet owners where and where not they can live depending on their personal pet choices. A review and modification of the current NSW Residential Tenancy Act would allow pet owners to gain back control of their living arrangements as well as widening selling opportunities for rental property owners.
If you are considering getting a pet, always remember: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP.