Proposed apartment legislation could see furry companions banned

first_imgQueensland pet lovers are urged to have their say on proposed property law changes, which could decide the future of their furry friends in apartments.Bodies corporate could soon be given the power to make apartment blocks pet free and it signifies a big concern for hundreds of thousands of pet-loving residents around Queensland, living in, or looking to move into, apartments.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenRenting with pets01:31Under new laws proposed to the Queensland Government, a special resolution to ban pets in the confines of an apartment building could be created for bodies corporate to rule on and it has sent a shock through local property leaders. A leading body corporate management company says existing buildings would need 100 per cent approval to pass pet bans, which would likely only succeed in buildings where pets don’t have a presence, but new buildings could set these bans up before owners even move in.Your puppy could be banned from apartment blocks. Picture: Getty.Georgia Cook of Ace Body Corporate Management says the overwhelming sentiment coming from the hundreds of properties under her management is that pets are a “must have” living option and blanket bans would work against that.“More than anything else, Queensland is known for its leading lifestyle and pets are an integral part of that,” she said.“We are concerned that allowing bodies corporate to enforce blanket pet bans on properties before owners move in doesn’t give them a say, and so we are encouraging Queensland residents to have one now.”Ms Cook says Queensland residents have until May 5 to respond to the State Government, on proposed property law reforms and expects the keeping of pets to dominate the submissions lodged.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 2020“The key thing to understand is that apartments are no longer an investors’ paradise, with more families and owner-occupiers in Queensland apartment buildings than ever before,” she said.“What’s troubling us is that countless owners buy off the plan these days, and they need to have a say on lifestyle choices like pets, not have a body corporate dictate to them on what they can do without having a say.”Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and according to the RSPCA 63 per cent of Australian households own pets, with 39 per cent keeping dogs.Apartment owners can have their say on the proposed law changes by visiting the Department of Justice’s website and submitting their thoughts on the 29 recommendations.last_img

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