Renters with pets in for ruff ride

first_imgFor Simone Small and her kids Taejhan Luba, 11 years, Maiarna Reilly, 6, and Aysha Luba, 13, there was no option but to find a rental property that allowed their dogs Archibald, 8 months, and Rogue, 2 years. Picture: Annette DewA CHRONIC shortage of pet-friendly rental properties has sparked a furbaby crisis, with a spike in abandoned pets pushing out the RSPCA surrender waitlist and seeing renters take almost three months to find a new home.RSPCA Queensland fears the chronic shortage will force pet owners into abandoning their animals, amid a troubling case of a dog found in the dump.“We’re seeing more and more of this,” a spokesman warned. “We have a waiting list of six weeks for surrender of animals.”According to census data, just over a third of all houses and units in Brisbane alone were rented out, but despite growing levels of pet ownership among Queenslanders, rental properties have failed to keep up with demand.Furbabies have become an integral part of the Aussie family. Picture: SuppliedPet Insurance Australian spokeswoman Nadia Crighton warned many pet owners still struggled with finding suitable rental accommodation for their entire family “including the furry kind”.“Finding rental accommodation that welcomes pets is no easy task,” she said, with some owners even going as far as lying about the pet living in the home.“Sadly, many renters do hide the fact that they have a pet on the premises. This can cause a huge amount of continual stress and fear that the landowner will discover the pet.”A search of pet friendly rental accommodation found just over 1,700 listings for Greater Brisbane on, and just over 5,600 in Queensland. Last year alone, the Brisbane City Council reported 45,920 enquiries for animal permits and registration.What parent wouldn’t go out of their way to encourage this kind of cuteness? Jemimah Trevor, 6, with a silky. Picture: Mike BatterhamThe shortfall has created a nightmare situation for renters like Simone Small who took three months to find a rental property that would allow her daughters to keep their American staffy and dachshund.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“I applied for 42 properties and all of them said my application was turned down towards whoever the owner wanted that didn’t have pets. It was a long lengthy process and pretty much a nightmare,” she told The Courier-Mail.She ended up taking whichever property had her application accepted: “I literally applied for any house that was appropriate. The house we ended up getting I didn’t even look at the property. I think the lady could hear the desperation in my voice and said yes the owner doesn’t mind pets and I just said I’ll take it.”Hair-babies? Maybe not, but pets come in all shapes and sizes like these piglets Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves. Picture: John Gass.She said it was unthinkable that they might have to surrender their pets.“I honestly couldn’t have broken that news to my kids so it wasn’t an option. We just kept looking. We got pushed out to Everton Hills which is a little bit harder to get the kids to school, but there was no question for us, we just to find one that would allow us to keep our pets. I’m glad we found one in the end.”TIPS FOR RENTERS— Have a pet resume for your pet and attach this to all applications.— Be honest.— Ensure your dog is well trained and up-to-scratch with his/her doggie manners.— Ensure your cat is house trained and has no litter box woes.— Contact your local real-estate and ask them to contact you if pet accommodation becomes available in the area you wish to move.— Be prepared to offer a little extra in rent, or bond.— Have references on hand. This could be your dog trainer, vet and previous pet accommodation.(Source: Pet Insurance Australia)FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img