Pet owners struggle for rentals

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Oamaru pet owners looking to rent are having trouble finding somewhere to live because many landlords have the attitude that pets will be trouble.

Ray White property manager Julie Barclay said she had many clients who could not find a place to live because they owned pets.

“There needs to be a change of mindset with some of the landlords that pets are a bad thing.

“They think every family that has pets is bad.”

She said most of the tenants she dealt with who had pets loved them, cared for them and made sure they were well-behaved.

“They are clean, tidy and tenants look after them.”

She has managed to convince a few landlords to allow tenants with animals to move in by paying a pet bond, which is usually an extra week’s rent.

Mrs Barclay said there were some families who had to move back in with their parents because of the situation here.

Property Brokers property manager Lyza Richardson said dogs were the main issue, as many landlords thought they would damage the property and cause trouble.

“Dogs can be trouble. I can understand why people don’t want them but it is not very good for the people who do have good dogs.”

Miss Richardson said she was a dog owner herself, who was looking for somewhere nice to rent.

She moved to Oamaru last September with two well-behaved dogs, but is having trouble finding somewhere adequate as the place she rents now is not fenced.

“I’m personally looking for a good high quality place.”

She said the attitude of landlords needed to change, people needed to be more open and could even do some research on the individual pet and use their discretion rather than a blanket ban on pets.

By RUBY HARFIELD