Higher bond could cover tenants with pets

MORE tenants would be allowed to keep pets in rented properties if they paid a higher bond under changes proposed to existing state government legislation.

Charlestown MP and Companion Animal Taskforce chairman Andrew Cornwell said the proposal would increase the number of rental properties available to pet owners, reduce the number of abandoned animals and improve the transparency of the rental process.

‘‘The current arrangements just encourage people to lie,’’ he said.

‘‘They don’t want to leave their dog so they will either fib to the landlord and get the dog out of the house when they have the rental inspection or they have to try and rehome it.’’

The increased bond would provide increased security to the landlord in the event that an animal damaged their property.

‘‘As a father of two small kids I can tell you the kids do more damage than the dog,’’ Mr Cornwell said.

The Department of Fair Trading is assessing the plan’s feasibility.

A similar scheme has been operating in Western Australia for the past 18 months.

Mr Cornwell said the plan would be particularly beneficial in high and medium density areas with large numbers of rental properties.

Visit the Department of Local Government website dlg.nsw.gov.au for more information about the state government’s Companion Animals Taskforce.

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