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    Wow, just read this: Scratching the anti-pet clause on rental properties | News.com.au
    and came across this bit of advice: 'As a rule, any of the "oodles'' are generally rental-friendly pets.' How about rental-friendly owners.... I rented my house out for years while I was fishing and overseas and had absolutely no problems with happy tenants and pets, and was very happy to have tenants with dogs or cats or snakes or crocodiles or whatever. Never thought to restrict it to a designer breed!

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    That's so stupid. If you're going to allow pets, what's the point of restricting breeds..? If it's shedding, it will be of little consequence as long as the tenants clean up. Plus some oodle breeds shed anyway, so joke's on them.

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    I can't see why designer breeds would be viewed any different by landlords. IMO it's a brave landlord that accepts a tenant with any dog. Unfortunately when things go wrong it's the landlord left out of pocket and until the laws change, I won't change my opinion.

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    I rent with pets, in this lease i had to sign an agreement that if my pets damage anything i am responsible for repair, which is fair. I also paid a bit more in bond, like a pet bond for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasse View Post
    I rent with pets, in this lease i had to sign an agreement that if my pets damage anything i am responsible for repair, which is fair. I also paid a bit more in bond, like a pet bond for them.
    Problem for the landlord is that agreement will mean nothing if a disagreement goes to court as I understand it

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    I must protest MMJ.
    I think it just comes down to how responsible the tenants are,regardless of whether they have a dog or not.
    It's up to the real estate the landlord is going through to adequately check if the tenant is going to be responsible or not and if they have decent references for themselves and any pets they may have.
    If the tenants don't have good references then they will not look after a property and having a dog there with them will obviously only cause more damage, the same as if they had children with them.
    I believe if people are responsible and caring tenants, then they will make sure their animals are properly trained and a landlords house is looked after.

    Renting to someone who has a dog may be risky to some landlords but so can renting to someone who has children.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    I signed it therefore it is a legal document and i have been made fully aware of my responsibilities. It can be enforced.

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    I've found it's easier to rent with big dogs as the owners see them as outside dogs, and we just got cleared for our second dog which is cool

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    These days its the feral tenants thats the issue for many landlords......dogs inside people outside would work better in some horror stories i've heard.
    Anyway, i'm glad i dont have this issue anymore but it was a headache trying to find a property that took pets while we where renting. I moved into a house that had a few scratches on the walls from the previous tenants dogs who shouldnt have been outside. I took note of it on the inspection report before we moved in.

    Bloody real estate sold up and the new mob pinned me for the damge anyway.....no report given to new them aparently. Nothing a dodgy coat of paint over a dirty wall didnt fix but it still got my goat !!

    As for certain breeds over others been better tenants well it dosnt surprise me after hearing some boarding kennels wont accept Staffy's any more. I reckon thats just stupid !!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasse View Post
    I signed it therefore it is a legal document and i have been made fully aware of my responsibilities. It can be enforced.
    You've clearly never been a landlord. Lease agreements say that tenants have to fix any damage they cause, unfortunately when you get to court, the courts don't enforce those agreements properly IMO - I had a perfectly good bench top destroyed by a tenant, I was advised by my property manager that our only option was to bluff the tenant into paying the replacement cost as if it went to court, they'd say that the bench top was more than x number of years old and hence the depreciated value was effectively zero so it would be my cost to replace. She gave me an example of a landlord she managed a property for who took a tenant to VCAT to try and make the tenant pay for holes in plaster walls caused by the tenant ... VCAT said the depreciated value of those walls was effectively zero because they were old(the fact they were perfectly good and servicable didn't come into it) = tenant didn't have to pay a cent to fix the damage they'd caused and the landlord lost the money they spent in application fees and what not

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