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Is the law fair when it comes to tenants and landlords agreeing whether pets can be kept?

ByKatie Adam
New Zealand’s rental market is expanding. Homeownership rates have declined and more than one-third of households, including 43% of children, now live in rental homes. The law that oversees the rental market is over 30 years’ old. There have been lots of small changes to it over recent years, but it’s been a while since questions were asked about whether it still meets people’s needs.
Is the law fair when it comes to tenants and landlords agreeing whether pets can be kept?
PET Options:
  1. Specifying the circumstances when a landlord could decline a request to keep a pet.
  2. Granting power to the Tenancy Tribunal to consider the circumstances when a landlord could reasonably refuse a pet request.
  3. Introducing pet bonds or carpet cleaning requirements.
  4. Clarifying the obligation on tenants to remove any doubt that their pets must not cause a nuisance to others.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK:
  • What might be reasonable grounds for a landlord to object to a tenant’s request to keep a pet?
  • What types of changes could be made to the law to reduce the risk landlords face from allowing tenants to keep pets?
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