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.