Dominique Cowd at home in her rental property with Nikita the German Shepard cross.
Dominique Cowd at home in her rental property with Nikita the German Shepard cross. Darryn Smith

Landlords told to get pet friendly for long-term rewards

WELCOME a puppy and count the blessings.

Pets not only have social benefits, but economic ones as well.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty says it is hard to find a home for unwanted pets, let alone wanted ones, and is calling on landlords to make their accommodation pet-friendly.

If you make the call, there are good payoffs, according to REIQ Sunshine Coast chairman Lloyd Edwards.

He said his own pet-friendly investment properties had secured him good tenants and economic remuneration.

"You can get great long-term tenants," he said.

"People with pets are not as likely to go off on a whim."

Mr Edwards quoted Sunshine Coast demographics that pointed to a demand for pet-friendly rentals and said he believed much of this came from baby-boomers who were filling their empty nest with pets.

He said statistics showed a 35% pet ownership on the Coast spread equally among home owners, people with mortgages and those in the rental market.

"These figures speak for themselves," he said.

"On that basis, there's a lot people who want pet-friendly rentals."

A lack of pet-friendly permanent rentals has prompted a Noosa Heads agency to place an advertisement seeking pet-friendly permanent rentals.

Dowling & Neylan permanent property manager Sasha Jancevski said he ran the ad to source a property suitable for some very good pet-loving clients.

"Inquiries for pet-friendly properties seem to have doubled in the last couple of months," he said.

Sunshine Beach Real Estate Pip Covell said although one-fifth of the business's permanent rental roll was either pet-friendly or "pets considered on application", it did not meet demand.

The agency successfully introduced Dominique Cowd to a permanent rental that welcomed her german shepherd-rottweiler cross, Nikita.

"The main thing for us was location. We needed to be near a dog-friendly beach for exercise," Ms Cowd said.



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