Should landlords still have the power to refuse a rental to a pet owner?

Campaign to make Byron Bay Australia’s first 100 per cent pet-friendly rental town

Animal lovers are campaigning to make Byron Bay Australia’s first town offering pet-friendly accommodation for all renters.

Figures from the RSPCA show that in July 2016, only about 4 per cent of advertised rentals Australia-wide were pet-friendly. Read the article from ABC HERE

Listen to Just For Pets CEO interview on ABC radio HERE

Each strata scheme has its own by-laws, which are a set of rules that owners, tenants and, in some case, visitors must follow.  By-laws cover behaviour of residents and the use of common property. They can cover issues such as whether pets are allowed on the scheme, how smoking is regulated, parking and noise levels.

The by-laws can vary significantly from scheme to scheme and it is important to understand which by-laws apply to your scheme.

Owners corporations can determine the by-laws that suit the preferred lifestyle of the strata scheme. A by-law must not be harsh, unconscionable or oppressive. No by-law is capable of restricting a dealing in a lot, including restricting short-term letting. By-laws cannot restrict children, and cannot restrict the keeping of an assistance animal.

A copy of your scheme’s by-laws is kept on the strata roll and is available from either the secretary of the owners corporation or from your managing agent (if your scheme has one).

All strata schemes must review their by-laws by 30 November 2017. Schemes may wish to use the Model by-laws (see below) as a guide when reviewing their own by-laws.

The NSW Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 includes a set of model by-laws which provide ‘sample rules’ to guide the owners corporation in setting their own by-laws. Owners corporations can choose to adopt these or make changes to better suit their circumstances to manage issues in strata like overcrowding, pets, parking, and smoke drift. Schemes are not required to adopt or adapt any of the model by-laws, they are available to assist schemes in reviewing and making by-laws to suit their scheme. Model by-laws cannot be the by-laws for your scheme unless they are first formally adopted by the owners corporation and registered with the Office of the Registrar-General.

Read about the new By Laws HERE



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