“When moving to the city we really struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation…I nearly had to cancel everything.””

November 13, 2019

“When moving to the city from regional Queensland, we really struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation. I had accepted a job offer and needed to find a home, but it was so hard I very nearly had to cancel everything.

“Despite having references from our vet and doing everything possible to prove we were responsible pet owners, most properties wouldn’t accept us because we had two large dogs. Or, when we did find a property that accepted pets, it wasn’t really suitable at all. The photographs used online were deceptive, and the backyard was actually much too small.

“Our life went on hold. It was an incredibly stressful time. We’re very lucky to have found a home just in time.” Tarleigh

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If you have experienced unfair rental practices related to pet ownership, share your story with us. Email [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Lets enforce basic standards of rental properties!

November 6, 2019

Lets give tenants basic standards to help make a house a home and contribute to people’s well-being and housing affordability.

We can help make this happen by changing the law to introduce periodic inspections by an independent party and by letting tenants know what, if any, repairs and maintenance have been done on a rental property.

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HAVE YOUR SAY.  ‘THE THING I MOST WANT TO CHANGE ABOUT RENTING IN QUEENSLAND IS….’
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“My landlord takes no action when I ask him to fix my home. I can’t make a formal complaint because I worry I’ll be kicked out.”

October 30, 2019

“My house has holes in the wall and floor, and the roof leaks every time it rains. The bathwater is brown and there is mould in the roof. My landlord is also the property owner, and he takes no action when I ask him to fix the house. I can’t make a formal complaint because I worry I’ll be kicked out.

“I know plenty of people living on the street or sleeping in their cars because it’s just so hard to get a rental in this area. If you’re on the dole, it’s so hard to afford rent and food or petrol for your car. And once you’re on the street it’s nearly impossible to get back into a house.

“I’ve lived in this house for seven years. I don’t believe tenants have rights.” Nathan

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If you have experienced unfair rental practices, share your story with us. Email [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

“I am disabled and currently homeless because I cant find somewhere to live with my dog….”

October 23, 2019
Make renting fair by keeping pets and owners together
To keep this story anonymous, a file photo has been used.

“I am disabled and currently homeless with my dog. I rescued my dog from being put to sleep. My dog is my greatest support for my mental health, and I have had to consider getting rid of her just to get a roof over my head.

“I cannot find a rental anywhere where I can keep my dog. I feel discriminated against for owning a dog to help with my mental health. I have looked in many different suburbs, but the problem is complicated because I need to be in a particular region to receive medical support. But still, nothing.

“Please… the stress on pet owners is getting beyond a joke, and more and more animals are ending up being abandoned or surrendered. Rescue groups are overrun with animals because landlords won’t allow pets. This is not fair on anyone: animals or people.” Anonymous

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You can also tell us your own story by emailing [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Your rental reform ideas: “Tenants need to have rights…”

October 2, 2019

We asked and you answered! Here’s one of the many rental reform ideas that have been contributed by Queenslanders…

“Tenants need to have rights, which as far as I’m concerned, we don’t have. The laws are made to protect relators and landlords instead.

“I have been to the Tribunal before, and the landlord had proper representation, but of course, I had to represent myself. I lost, regardless of all the illegal building work we had to put with. This is one of many issues facing tenants in Queensland.” Julie

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Do you agree with Julie? We want to hear about the changes you most want to see. Email [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

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Your rental reform ideas: “Tenants deserve a cooling off period…”

September 27, 2019

We asked and you answered! Here’s one of the many rental reform ideas that have been contributed by Queenslanders…

A renting reform I’d like to see in Queensland is the introduction of cooling-off periods for tenants when they sign a new lease.

When moving into a new house, my partner and I discovered the lights didn’t work in half of the house, the hot water system would short out all the time, and the stove was constantly turned on. It took them two weeks to fix the stove, and we couldn’t live in the house during that period because it was a fire trap.

So what we would love to see, aside from pets being allowed, is cooling off periods. A cooling-off period would have prevented what happened to us. It would stop dodgy landlords and stop dodgy rental agencies. Keith

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Do you agree with Keith? We want to hear about the changes you most want to see. Email [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

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International Tenants Day – photo and art competition

September 24, 2019

Tenants Queensland invites all tenants across Queensland to participate in our photo competition, capturing what ‘A sense of home’ means to you. Tell us in a caption “A sense of home is…”

You have until October 4 to send your photos and/or artworks –
1 – Email or mail your photo or photo of artwork, name, contact details and where you are renting in QLD to [email protected] or by post to Tenants Queensland 1/87 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill 4000
2 – Post your photo or photo of your artwork on the Tenants Queensland Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/tenantsqld/

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
To be eligible for this competition, please send us your photo, name and contact details and tell us where you are renting in QLD. By sending your photo to Tenants Queensland, you are consenting to the photo, artwork, or photo of artwork being used publicly by Tenants Queensland, including on the Tenants Queensland website and social media. By sending this photo you confirm that you have consent of any person in the photo for their image to be shared in this way and you confirm the artwork sent in as entries for the competition are the entrant’s original artwork.
Any enquiries please contact Cameron at Tenants Queensland – Phone: (07) 3832 9447 – Email: [email protected] Website: tenantsqld.org.au

 

 

“I can’t find somewhere to live with my kitten…”

September 20, 2019
The real kitten did not want to be identified so we’ve used a file photo!

“My experience with renting in my current unit while owning a pet has been great. I’ve never had any issues, but soon my lease will be up and I am struggling to find a place that will take my kitten in as well. I believe that all units/houses/apartments should consider permitting pets.

I see so many posts about people having to re-home their pets due to lessors not accepting them, which I don’t think is fair for the pet or the owner! Let’s face it, we love our fur-babies and they love us! We should always have the opportunity to be with them no matter where we live”. This story was sent to us by a tenant who asked to remain anonymous to avoid any negative impact on their renting options.

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You can also tell us your own story by emailing [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

“My dog is my best mate….” Lauren and Alex’s story

September 3, 2019

Renting with Pets

“I got my dog, Rylie, about two-and-a-half years ago,” explains Alex, a Queensland tenant and pet owner. “I was very lucky to live in a house where pet ownership was permitted. After I moved out of that house, I encountered difficulties. Almost every rental  advertisement said, ‘no pets’. It took two months to find a new pet-friendly house, and it was right down to the wire. I was accepted into a new home just days before my lease ended.”

After months of searching, Alex was fortunate to move into a share-house with his friend, Lauren, and her poodle, Lottie. The two dogs get along well, and their lessor is willing to have tenants with pets.

Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t find pet-friendly rentals. Despite having one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, only around 10% of rental properties in Queensland allow pets. This disparity contributes to the rate of animals being surrendered. The Animal Welfare League claims 25% of pets were surrendered last financial year due to an inability by renters to find pet-friendly homes.

“I had another dog a few years ago, his name was Chief,” says Lauren. “I had him for six years, but because he was so big, I struggled to find a house for him. Eventually, I made the difficult decision to re-home him to a family who owned a large property. I know he is happier there and the family continue to send me photos and messages.”

Lauren’s previous experience with Chief made her very selective when it came to choosing Lottie, years later. As a student, she knew homeownership wasn’t an achievable goal in the near future. She deliberately selected a poodle because of their small size and inability to shed fur. Lauren hopes these traits will improve her likelihood of securing future rental homes with Lottie.

“My dog is my best mate. It doesn’t matter the time of day, she’s always there for me, and I never feel alone,” says Lauren. “It just doesn’t seem fair that people should be discriminated against in their rental housing for owning a pet.”

“My dog promotes a healthy lifestyle for me,” continues Lauren. “Lottie encourages me to take daily walks, and pet ownership also gives me a higher sense of responsibility that carries into other areas of my life.”

Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of pet ownership on people’s health, happiness and resilience. For the elderly, chronically ill, children or those with mental health difficulties, a pet can indeed be a lifeline, providing a reason to get out of bed each day.

When we know just how important pets are to Australians, it seems unfair that tenants are expected to surrender their pets or forego the opportunity of pet ownership.

While Lauren, Alex and their dogs enjoy their current home, knowing how few rental properties accept pets, does play on their minds.

“I’m heading overseas soon, and my Mum will mind Riley while I am away,” says Alex. “But when I get back, I’m in for some trouble trying to find a new home.”

“I try to live day-to-day and not worry,” says Lauren. “Because I already had problems renting with a large dog, I’ve chosen a breed that can fit with my lifestyle and should make finding a rental home possible. But you just never know.”

Both Alex and Lauren would like to see improved pet-ownership rights for tenants. “It would be nice to be given a chance from lessors and agents, instead of just being condemned from the start,” says Lauren.

“We give up thousands of dollars in bond money to live in a rental home, so it seems unreasonable that pet owners are denied an opportunity flat out,” agrees Alex. “It also encourages tenants to sneak pets onto a property and breaks down communication between tenants and lessors.”

Take action!

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If you have experienced unfair rental practices related to pet ownership, share your story with us. Email [email protected] or send us a video on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Keep people together with their pets

September 3, 2019

Australians have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with an estimated 62% of households owning a pet. Despite our love of animals, the Residential Tenancies Authority have said that only about 10% of rental properties in Queensland allow pets. This alarming disparity contributes to the rate of pet surrenders, with the Animal Welfare League estimating that 25% of surrenders last financial year were because of an inability by people who rent to find pet-friendly homes.

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As any pet owner will testify, animals play a significant role in the mental and physical health of their owners. Whether the owner is young or old, single, married or a bustling family, pets are a welcome presence at the end of a long day. Whats more, they fill the role of someone to talk to, someone to walk with and can be someone’s motivation to get up each day for those suffering mental health problems. Numerous studies have confirmed the importance of pets in people’s health, happiness and resilience, with many hospitals and aged care homes now incorporating pets into their rehabilitation.

Tenants deserve the right to own pets and keep them when they move house. They also deserve to live without fear for the future of their pet and know they will always find a safe place to call home together.

To make changes to Queensland tenancy laws, we need your support. Please share our message on social media with your friends, and sign up to our newsletter.

We also want to hear your personal experiences of renting with pets. You can email [email protected], or send us a 30-second video answering the question: “THE THINGS I MOST WANT TO CHANGE ABOUT RENTING IN QUEENSLAND IS…”

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