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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    When I used to rent, I had a housemate who had a horror of a dog- a staffy cross puppy that his sister had bought him as a 'surprise' present. He didn't know he was getting a dog until she showed up on the doorstep with one. He never had the time to exercise him so this dog was stuck at home all the time and was the most destructive thing ever..

    The landlords had put a lot of effort into the house, they set up irrigation pipes through the whole backyard (and 25 acre property), this dog pulled up every pipe he could reach and chewed them into 5cm pieces... the housemate just buried them again, so the landlord and real estate had no idea. He also chewed through the air-conditioning point outside, the water pump twice, part of the septic tank, as well as a lot of the walls in the house and destroyed all the plants in the garden and dug a huge hole UNDER the foundation of the house (to the point it was crumbling away and bricks were falling off the house).

    It's idiots like him who make having pets and renting hard for everyone else...

    Personally, I waited (many years) until we owned our own house before we got a dog. I just didn't want to risk having a pet friendly rental, having to move for whatever reason and then not being able to find another one. But obviously everyone isn't able to afford their own house and they shouldn't have to be dog-less because of it.

    Photos were just the start of the damage... it got much worse

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    I am surprised the real estate managers let it get to the point where bricks were crumbling away and walls destroyed. What a nightmare.

    When I moved I rented out my house and allow pets. Fortunately I have nice tennants with a cat and a dog, no idea what breed but they are neat freaks and in return expect me to make sure everything is totally maintained to a good standard. I did have a problem once where the real estate manager let a weed problem get out of control and then tried to get me to pay. I complained vigourously and told them to sort it. I now have a really good manager on the job who is very comprehensive in her house inspections.

    I do pay quite a bit for good land lord insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    I am surprised the real estate managers let it get to the point where bricks were crumbling away and walls destroyed. What a nightmare.
    We were in that rental for 11 months and not a single rent inspection, the real estate was pretty slack!
    The housemate even called the real estate just over 1 month before our lease was up and asked if we could end the contract at 11 months, instead of 12 (the owner wanted to move back in) and the agent and owner agreed. Problem is, the housemate was such a d*ickhead that he chose not to tell my partner and I that our lease was ending early.. I found out when the agent called me one day (to organise a bond inspection) because she couldn't get a hold of him, so I had less than 1 week to find somewhere to live. My partners parent's house had just burnt down a few days earlier so my partner and I had absolutely nowhere to go.
    We were so bitter that we told the agent about all the covered up damage that the dog had done, but I don't know if they followed through with it or not.

    I think if we were to ever rent the house that we're in now, I'd much rather rent it to an older couple (21 and over) with pets than young uni students because they can be so bloody immature

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    MMJ, so do you think a cluse on the following lines would work ...

    " I ............ hereby agree and declare that I will be fully responsible for any and all damages caused to any part of the leased property, irrespective of it's age or depreciated value, and agree that I will replace, repair or reinstate any damaged property, to it's original condition, irrespective of age, wear and tear or depreciated value."
    I doubt it. Standard lease agreements already have clause saying that tenants are responisble for fixing any damage, excluding normal wear and tear and the courts don't really uphold that ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    I think if we were to ever rent the house that we're in now, I'd much rather rent it to an older couple (21 and over) with pets than young uni students because they can be so bloody immature
    LOL..i'm 36 and still havent matured !!...they'd have to be well into thier 40's and both employed for someone to live in my house.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Sorry MMJ but I have a hard time accepting that Real Estates will give a good reference to be rid of bad tenants. Once you find yourself on TICA you will find it almost impossible to be given a rental from ANY Real Estate ( depending on reason they were placed on and how many years they had been on the list) . Even more so if the tenants had to be taken to the tribunal and had to have the sheriff involved.

    As for now allowing only certain breeds - discrimination anyone ?
    I know a person who was evicted recently for unpaid rent. The property manager helped her get another rental. I can't believe any landlord would take on a tenant who had just been evicted for not paying rent?

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    Im with responsible tenant cleans and makes good, with or without a dog IMO
    Ive rented with dogs, and had to have the lawn re turfed when we left, as my dinner plate sized feet dogs tore theirs up. Fair enough.
    I rent out a house. Its 3 bedroom, so IMO a family home, and families have pets. Those that dont through choice, im suspicious of if im honest.

    As a landlady, my experience has been this:
    Ive had one tenant move out. And leave a puppy behind. Leaving me to organize rehoming, as i didnt trust the real estate agent to select the right pound.
    Ive had one door eaten at the bottom from a home alone tenants dog. I billed them for a replacement, which i got from the tip for $5. So sweet. Tenant hung it.
    Ive had a LOT of tenants, cause a LOT of damage, and even attending VCAT hearings to try to keep some bond, is often fruitless, and im out of pocket. so now, i add wear n tear repairs into the rent. Ive never not had a spend it. As i at least emulsion before new tenants.

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    I reckon a "Dogue De Boodle" is an oodle that would do a whole heap of damage!

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    A dogue de boodle, omg, priceless
    when you add the 'wrong' word at the end, it seems to highlight the craziness of the oodle trade that the new black

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    I hate oodles haha, fluffy irritating things that have absolutely no brain WHATSOEVER. Have about 4 in my street alone, and all the bloody things do is yap, yap, yap, which ends in a weird squealing growl thing. Old friend of mine used to call them 'kickme' dogs, which I'm not too inclined to disagree with, though I've never kicked a dog for no reason (one ran at me once and attacked us despite us being at least 50 m away, with Bonnie on a leash, being well behaved - drew blood on my ankle and Bonnie got a fright. So did the owner when I booted her dog hard enough to lift it off the ground).

    As a side note - Courts are legally obliged to uphold a valid legal contract. I seriously doubt they won't uphold it because it's 'only a renter' because they know they could get sued like hell if they cut corners. If you rent anyway you're taking a gamble, pets or no - some renters are worse than dogs haha. Knew of one place that had the aircon unit nearly ripped out of the wall from some drunken fit of rage, how scary is that haha? The basic fact is, you're trusting your property to someone else who has no emotional and little financial contribution to it - so you're taking a gamble either way. The best you can do is look at as long a list of past rentals as you can. Dogs are the most destructive pet, so that's why a lot of places will be pet friendly 'but no dogs'. Cats and smaller are usually fine. Weird how nobody's mentioned that before - maybe they're not as common as I thought? It does suck that it ruins the rent deals for responsible owners and well behaved dogs though :/ but there's just no way to tell until it's too late and the damage is done.

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