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    Depends on the property...if it's suitable for pets then I think it's unreasonable to not allow pets. I've often seen 'family' homes advertised....great for the family, they say....plenty of room, they say, fully fenced, they say....but no pets! Ummmm your market is for a family to live there....but they can't have pets? That's just silly to me. That means that a poor family have to get rid of their pets or hope they find a house that allows pets...that's a bit sad.

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    As a side note I believe that children do more damage to properties than pets LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelsfromheaven View Post
    Yes they should be allowed to have pets as tennants have rights too, but it is a personal decision for the landlords to make really.

    We have been landlords and our tenants lied to us and told us they had 2 dogs, little did we know they had 4 dogs and 4 cats who all lived indoors we went home to reclaim the property from them never paying rent on time and we had to rip up carpets from the cat pee and poo stench and They left one of their cats there!!!

    And even after all this I believe that if the tenant proves to e responsible and a good tenant then why should they not be allowed pets?

    Although as we found out the hard way having pets indoors is a difficult thing to police they told us they were all outside pets. Cost us thousands.
    You're nicer than me, if I had been burned in that way, I seriously doubt I would go on and let future tenants have pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deserama View Post
    Depends on the property...if it's suitable for pets then I think it's unreasonable to not allow pets. I've often seen 'family' homes advertised....great for the family, they say....plenty of room, they say, fully fenced, they say....but no pets! Ummmm your market is for a family to live there....but they can't have pets? That's just silly to me. That means that a poor family have to get rid of their pets or hope they find a house that allows pets...that's a bit sad.
    I'm pretty sure most homes get marketed these days as 'great family homes' (if they're not a unit or townhouse) and I am pretty sure ours is too, as it's fully fenced and high fences at that, a decent size, double garage, outdoor entertaining area and yard etc. However, because it's not an older home and fairly inner city, the majority of the back yard is taken up with the al fresco area and pergola and most modern homes have the home take up the yard and where you can shake hands with your neighbours.

    I personally don't think my 'family home' (as would be advertised) is suitable for dogs, and when we knocked back an applicant (we have a NO PET(S) policy) and found out she had a doberman as well, she was extremely peeved off. What I couldn't understand, was after her inspection of the property surely as a 'responsible' pet owner and I assume a loving one, surely she could see that the yard, albeit fenced etc, was not in any way suitable for a dog, much less a big one at that. I thought it would be unfair and a little cruel for the dog to be in a yard where it had no room to run around in and play etc.

    However, regardless of whether my home is suitable for pets or not, I still won't allow pets, and as I said, I am pretty sure the agents avertise it as a 'great family home'.

    I personally never expect a family to ever have to get rid of their pets to be able to rent my house , hence why to save all the anguish and heartache, I just have a 'no pets' clause full stop. I think people should find a house to rent that is suitable to their pets needs first, not find a house that is unsuitable to their pets needs and then get annoyed and upset because they can't rent it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    I'm pretty sure most homes get marketed these days as 'great family homes' (if they're not a unit or townhouse) and I am pretty sure ours is too, as it's fully fenced and high fences at that, a decent size, double garage, outdoor entertaining area and yard etc. However, because it's not an older home and fairly inner city, the majority of the back yard is taken up with the al fresco area and pergola and most modern homes have the home take up the yard and where you can shake hands with your neighbours.

    I personally don't think my 'family home' (as would be advertised) is suitable for dogs, and when we knocked back an applicant ( we have a NO PET(S) policy) and especially because she had a doberman, she was extremely peeved off. What I couldn't understand, was after her inspection of the property surely as a 'responsible' pet owner and I assume a loving one, surely she could see that the yard, alebit it fenced etc, was not in any way suitable for a dog, much less a big one at that. I thought it would be unfair and a little cruel for the dog to be in a yard where it had no room to run around in and play etc.

    I personally never expect a family to ever have to get rid of their pets to be able to rent my house , hence why to save all the anguish and heartache, I just have a 'no pets' clause full stop. I think people should find a house to rent that is suitable to their pets needs first, not find a house that is unsuitable to their pets needs and then get annoyed and upset because they can't rent it.
    I don't think yard size alone affects whether a house is suitable for pets. Most responsible dog owners will walk their dogs so yard size isn't really the be all and end all.

    If the dog isn't walked and is left alone all day then a larger yard is better than a smaller one, but there are other issues there than the size of the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deserama View Post
    As a side note I believe that children do more damage to properties than pets LOL
    Lmao!!!! Agreed so so true!!!

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    We rent at the moment with two cats.

    We are also landlords in another state (due to an interstate move not to long ago) we allow pets. When we lived in the house we had pets.

    We are moving in the next week and have just signed the lease with two cats. The condition is that they are outside. Which is fine with me as my child is allergic to them and I can not convince my partner to re home them. She breaks out in a rash from head to foot, and I am not prepared to have her on medication all the time just because of the cats. At the moment they live in the laundry and garage.

    Our home that we own was plenty big enough to house them way apart with no issues. However we can not afford to rent a house the same size as what we own.

    So we are getting a enclosure for them outside.

    It is a personal thing up to the owner and what they think is a fair thing. It is after all their house.

    If we had to get rid of the cats to find somewhere to live then that is what we would have to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerilee View Post
    We rent at the moment with two cats.

    We are also landlords in another state (due to an interstate move not to long ago) we allow pets. When we lived in the house we had pets.

    We are moving in the next week and have just signed the lease with two cats. The condition is that they are outside. Which is fine with me as my child is allergic to them and I can not convince my partner to re home them. She breaks out in a rash from head to foot, and I am not prepared to have her on medication all the time just because of the cats. At the moment they live in the laundry and garage.

    Our home that we own was plenty big enough to house them way apart with no issues. However we can not afford to rent a house the same size as what we own.

    So we are getting a enclosure for them outside.

    It is a personal thing up to the owner and what they think is a fair thing. It is after all their house.

    If we had to get rid of the cats to find somewhere to live then that is what we would have to do.
    I was just about to say that it is a personal choice of the owner, as it is their house, if the person looking to lease a property wants to have pets stipulate that whilst looking and only apply for the homes where you're allowed pets, however of you want to get pets halfway through a lease and pets were stipulated a no, then be prepared they're probably going to say no and move on and find a house which does allow pets.

    But as a landlord I can fully understand why it's becoming so popular for landlords to not allow pets on their properties.

    And also as a pet owner there's no way in the world id give up my 4 legged babies for a house, we have relocated an are renting now and only looked for homes which allowed pets, they're apart of our family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyB View Post
    I don't think yard size alone affects whether a house is suitable for pets. Most responsible dog owners will walk their dogs so yard size isn't really the be all and end all.

    If the dog isn't walked and is left alone all day then a larger yard is better than a smaller one, but there are other issues there than the size of the yard.
    This is so true.

    We rent a two-bedroom house that only has carpet in the bedrooms. We don't have a dog, but requested to be allowed one on our application, which the LL denied. Okay, no problem, the agent suggested we prove that we are good tenants and ask again in a few months - we did, and they denied again even though I put a full proposal forward saying that we would repair any damages caused, offered to pay loads more bond, won't be allowed on carpet, etc.

    We were planning to stay for only another six months (no bathtub is driving me crazy!!), but when the agent came for an inspection, she said the LL would consider letting us have a dog, but only if we would agree to another years' tenancy. It seemed like blackmail to me - if they had let us have a dog six months ago and then asked us to stay longer, we might have, but I can just picture us signing up to another year and them turning around and saying no again! We have decided to move at the end of our current tenancy instead.

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    We have two investment rental properties and we do allow pets. We rent them out for a slightly higher price because of this, and also take a larger bond.

    The houses are brand new and one of our tennants has a dog which looks more like a small horse. We've not had any issues with damage in terms of the dog as the owner is very careful and respectful.

    It's extremely hard to find a good quality rental that allows pets. My DP and I have been there so we understand how hard it is and we do make allowances for people.

    Afterall, that is exactly what a bond and property inspections are for.


 

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