Calls to end ‘pet rent’ as tenants bill pets

Labor has called for an end to the practice of landlords of charging ‘rent for pets’ after tenants complained that they were charged extra fees for moving their pets around a property.

This comes from the fact that an Irish developer has said that charging rents for pets is “the norm in modern developments”.

Party housing spokeswoman Senator Rebecca Moynihan also said that “the blanket ban on pets by many landlords and even licensed housing organizations is just plain unfair.”

“It affects everyone from seniors moving into senior housing who are asked to give up their beloved furry friends, to renter families who are barred from owning a pet.

“Pets play an important role in the lives of many people. They provide companionship and emotional support, thereby improving overall well-being. With a higher percentage of renters than ever before, we need to explore ways for responsible landlords to have their pets and companions. in their rented homes, ”said Senator Moynihan.

“Charging ‘pet rent’ is another example of the power imbalance in the rental market between tenants and landlords. a house.”

Ms Moynihan called on the government to support her party’s tenant rights bill.

“Current policies don’t go far enough to help tenants. It should come as no surprise that at the start of the pandemic, many tenants fled Dublin at the first opportunity because they just don’t feel at home in their accommodation, ”she added. .

The Threshold charity said there was “no reason” for tenants to be denied the companionship of pets.

Hidden costs for animals and cars

Pet owners reported cases of extra rent for their pets on RTÉ’s Liveline this afternoon.

Roy Ferris said he went to visit a two-bed apartment in Griffith Wood in Dublin on Saturday and was told he had to pay rent for his two cats, Iris and Issac.

He said the cost is € 75 per animal per month and the price of the development apartment in Dublin is now out of reach.

Mr Ferris said he and his partner Sandra are considering a move and are interested in moving into this development, which includes rental-only units.

Roy’s cats, Iris and Issac

He said they were told that the cost of renting the two-bedroom apartment was € 2,250. However, he said the real cost is much more than that.

He said there is an additional cost of € 50 for each parking space, and that he and his partner have two cars.

The agent told him about a woman who has three gerbils in a cage and that she would be charged € 75 per gerbil, he said.

Mr Ferris said the apartments were lovely, but he is “upset” that his time was wasted because if he had known he would not have bothered to check out the property.

He said he had lived in rented accommodation for “a few years” and had never heard of such a thing, adding that he would simply look for accommodation elsewhere.

Another caller to the program, Mary, said paying rent for pets was an ongoing problem. She said she has a dog, but her owner doesn’t know.

Company says pet rents “the norm”

The company that runs the apartment complex in Griffith Wood said pet rents “are the norm in modern developments.”

Greystar said they are charging a monthly fee of € 75 for one or more pets, which is in place to cover soiling and extra wear and tear caused by the pets.

A spokesperson said there was no charge for pets that remain confined, such as gerbils, hamsters and birds.

The company said that while many developments do not allow or limit pets to certain sections, Greystar accepts pets and allows residents to keep them.

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