Fri, 22 Feb 2013 8:43a.m.
Rental properties are being snapped up in Christchurch, but many pet owners are being left out in the cold.
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22/02/2013 8:32:24 p.m.
Patty Wunder wrote:
LBV said Exactly what I think! Kids and college students are way worse than I am with my dog and 3 cats! I am super clean! We are very lucky but would love something bigger but everyone says no pets! Or what about smokers! They even ave more options!? For someplace as nature lovin and outdoorsy, I would expect more from people! I could rent almost anywhere with a dog and cat in Chicago! We paid a higher deposit and maybe n extra $10 a month but its worth it and you got your deposit back when you were a responsible pet owner!
22/02/2013 4:13:14 p.m.
The stupid thing is - if you have good tenants, then dogs won't be an issue. The worst that you will have to do is get the carpets cleaned at the end of the tenancy. Dogs will actually cause less damage than kids will if you have a good dog owner.
Owning a pet can do really good things. You have a responsibility to exercise and feed it, but the companionship is irreplaceable. Something definitely needs to be done.
22/02/2013 1:59:20 p.m.
That's been the default position of landlords in Melbourne for years. It means most tenants just lie and say they don't have pets and hide all evidence before an inspection.
There should be a law against discriminating against pet owners. Housing is not a want but a need.
The vast majority of Christchurch residents who spoke yesterday did so because of their EQC and insurance frustrations, but then there are some positive stories.
Once again Campbell Live has a very powerful caravan of opinion about the private insurers. Responding is Tim Grafton.
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