Finding pet-friendly accommodation problematic

2016-02-18 06:00

FINDING pet-friendly accommodation on the lower South Coast is a problem for animal lovers.

Some have been forced to give up their pets in order to have a roof over their heads while others are adamant that where they go, their pets will follow.

Jade Brown of Umtentweni said she has moved three times with her pets since moving to the South Coast eight years ago.

“I have one big dog and two little ones.

"What I have noticed is that it is becoming more difficult to find pet- friendly accommodation. I refuse to move without my dogs, and I will not give them up,” she said.

Brown added that when she told letting agents she had three dogs, the expression on their faces changed.

“They say pets are a problem and each landlord has their own reasons for not wanting them,” added Brown.

She has heard of cases where people have left their pets behind and moved overnight.

“Maybe that’s one of the problems. In the meantime, I have to battle to find accommodation.”

George Henderson, principal for Re/Max by the Sea in Margate, said he feels sympathetic towards pet lovers and the home owners.

“When it comes to a house, having pets on the property usually isn’t a problem.

“It is the owner’s decision to make,” said he said.

Henderson added that some landlords don’t allow pets at all or stipulate the number, type and the size of the pets that he will allow.

“Sometimes, these landlords have had bad experiences with irresponsible tenants who let their dogs destroy the house.

"The landlord then makes up his mind not to allow pets on the property again.”

Henderson said these irresponsible tenants make it difficult for responsible animal lovers to find accommodation.

“Then on the other hand, the landlord just does not want animals on his property and it is his decision to make.

“I have been in real estate for 14 years and have seen how animals have destroyed some homes,’ he said.

Sectional title units, however, are different and the body corporate makes the rules.

“Some body corps allow pets and some don’t. They may say there are 200 units and if each tenant had a pet, it would be impractical,” he said.

“They must, however, state the reasons why you may not have a pet in the complex.”

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