New rental laws in Queensland, Australia will make it more difficult for landlords to terminate leases or deny tenant requests to have pets.
The law changes are set to come into effect from October 1 in a series of reforms to the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill that have been rolled out this year and last year.
It has been welcomed by both tenants and tenant authority groups, but some property investors have expressed their frustration over the rules.
The first stage of the reforms came last October where new rights were granted to tenants that are victims of domestic violence, allowing them to end their tenancy and get their bond back.
The next stage puts a stop to landlords banning tenants from have pets or advertising rentals with a no pet-rule.
While a tenant will still need to seek consent to have a pet, landlords who reject requests will need to provide a reasonable explanation.
Property owners will also be required to respond to a request within 14 days, otherwise it will automatically be approved.
News of the changes in Queensland has not been received as well by landlords and other Queenslanders on social media.
One user wrote: ‘The property belongs to the owner not the government or renter! This could potentially pull desperately needed rentals off the market!’
‘It’s not the animals who are filthy, it’s the humans who own them! Just put these dirty tenants on lists and ban them!’ another in response to the pet changes said.
‘Can’t wait to have tenants pay for new flooring or new grass/garden beds because dogs are inside destroying flooring/outside!’ a third commented.
One investor added: ‘Why not I wouldn’t animals living in my investment home that one day I may live in. Sounds like landlords are getting the blunt end of the stick.’
Sounds like Australians are expeiencing what may come to the K.