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tips for negotiating pet-friendly by-laws


Try to gain the support of the other residents and/or the body corporate by presenting them with these points:

  • Permitting some residents to keep pets doesn’t mean allowing all residents to keep pets approval should only be given to owners who demonstrate themselves to be responsible.

  • The building is not likely to be overrun with animals – a Queensland survey of pet-friendly developments found that only around 10% of occupants
    owned dogs.

  • Pet-friendly policies can increase property values – the same Queensland survey found that people would pay 5–10% more to buy a property where they could keep their pet, with agents reporting that they created 50% more buyer interest.

  • Policies can be introduced to determine how people will keep their pets, ensuring that there will be no nuisance caused for other residents.