File photo.The REIQ is urging legislators to update laws to allow landlords and tenants to negotiate a position on pets. We don’t want to highlight Victorian reforms as this mandates pet ownership unless landlord can reasonably withhold consent.Most landlords don’t allow pets in their rental properties, hoping to protect their investment and limit any maintenance and repairs that will need to be done after a tenant vacates. Landlords make this decision based on the fear that pets will damage their property. Dogs and cats shed hair and can leave odours throughout the property, especially in carpets and the back yard. As a result, only about 10 per cent of Queensland rental properties allow pets. In Queensland, landlords are currently not permitted to request any additional bond or increased protection to manage the potential increased risks and damage in relation to the property.More than 63% of Australian households own a pet and about 53% own a dog or a cat. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020This means there is a large number of families who are excluded from pet ownership because they rent, or, if they have a pet, are locked out of most rental properties. There are many benefits to pet ownership, including companionship, responsibility and, in some cases, improved home security. And it seems unfair to restrict renters from experiencing those benefits, simply by virtue of the fact that they rent. Data suggests there are benefits to landlords to allowing pets in their investment property. Those households with pets tend to move less often and, due to the fact that there are fewer properties that allow pets, and be less likely to break leases to move within a town. There is also some suggestion that people with pets would be open to paying higher rents, and perhaps some version of ‘pet insurance’ to accommodate their furry friends. In a series of decisions QCAT has ruled that absolute pet bans are not permissible in the by-laws that govern apartment and unit living. However, in other instances pet restrictions have been upheld. The REIQ is supportive of greater contractual freedom in this area. This would allow parties to come to a negotiated agreement that permits pets in the rental property while mitigating the issues that landlords may face if they permit pets in the property. A proactive property manager will be able to monitor pet impact on a property and will offer mitigation tips to tenants as condition of rental, to help limit risk of damage. And it’s possible that by allowing pets a landlord may attract a more loyal, long-term tenant.
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Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has dismissed suggestions that he could leave Milan in favour of a switch to Bayern Munich.The Ghanaian hasn’t had the easiest start to the season and a January move to the Bundesliga has been suggested.“I’ve heard the story that I’m off to Bayern, but there is no truth in that,” the attacking midfielder noted. “It’s just a rumour.“I can say something very clearly and that is that I am happy at Milan and I am not ready to leave this club.“I owe a lot to Milan and I’m not thinking about Bayern Munich or any other team.”Boateng, whose brother Jerome is at Bayern, joined the Diavolo in 2010 from Portsmouth, via Genoa.