Numerous studies show that having pets increases people’s health, happiness and resilience, yet many people who rent their home are not allowed to keep them.
The Animal Welfare League say about 25% of animals surrendered to them last financial year was because of inability to find pet friendly homes, moving house or homelessness. Quoting the Residential Tenancies Authority, only 10% of rental properties in Queensland allow pets.
It’s not fair to deny tenants’ rights that others take for granted. Like home owners, tenants have to comply with local government regulations about the keeping of pets, and they are required to repairs any damage at the end of their tenancy.
To Make Renting Fair, people who rent should be able to keep their pets in their rental homes provided they do so responsibly.