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April 14th 2013
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June 17th 2012
June 15th 2012
Pet registration fees would rise and tenants could pay a “pet bond” to keep cats and dogs at rental properties under a policy shake-up to be considered by the NSW state government.
The changes, designed to slash the number of dogs and cats destroyed at pounds each year, would also streamline pet registration and microchipping and crack down on “puppy farmers” who breed dogs in overcrowded conditions.
A companion animals taskforce chaired by the Charlestown MP, Andrew Cornwell, a veterinarian, has recommended measures to stamp out poor pet breeding and selling practices, and increase microchipping, desexing and registration of pets.
It found that “pet-unfriendly” rental properties and strata homes drive up dumping rates and severely inhibit animal adoption from pounds and shelters.
“In terms of renters, we think there is scope to create some sort of ‘pet bond’ [on top of] a standard property bond,” said Mr Cornwell.
“Some body corporates can also make pet ownership extremely difficult. There are many pets that make for a terrific companion animal in a strata environment, and there is no reason why you can’t have greater flexibility.”
The taskforce recommended an increase in cat and dog registration fees to fund animal management programs.
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March 15th 2009
Landlords need to beware of being unfair to tenants
Two common phrases that Property Managers often hear from landlords are: “We do not want children” or “we do not want single mothers”. According to the Property Investor Newsletter, discrimination is an issue within the property management industry that must be considered. In the past, there have been several claims brought before the courts, where tenants have sued the landlord/agent because they felt they had been discriminated against.
It is important to note that under Federal and State laws real estate agents cannot accept discriminatory direction from a landlord. Both the landlord and the agent are legally liable if complaints are made.
When selecting tenants the only legal requirements that can be addressed by agents are the number of people suitable to reside in the property, whether or not the prospective tenant can maintain the weekly rent, and whether or not the tenant can maintain the rental property in a clean and tidy condition.
Property Investor Newsletter reported that by law an agent and a landlord cannot discriminate against: colour or race; the unemployed; children; sexuality; or religion and the list goes on. Owners can be assured that Fletchers does have vendors’ best interests at heart. However, agents must be careful when declining tenants’ applications.
It is important to understand that it is not the status of a person that will determine if they are a quality tenant, but the references they supply.
Fletchers has had many single mothers and families with children that have been exceptional tenants.
The agency has also had elderly tenants and working professionals who have left properties in a poor state with rent owing.
If you are looking for a Property Manager that will not only protect your asset, but will ensure that you are also safe from litigation and that your property complies with the law, then call Benita Evans at Fletchers on 5258 2833.
- Fletchers Property Newsletter March 2009 Edition