House hunting stressful for pet owners
Luca is our 3-year-old Kelpie x Terrier, an adorably affectionate dog who will allow you to pet her forever if you could. She is quite placid and definitely not as energetic as a normal Kelpie.
Luca loves lounging around but perks up completely when it's time for a walk. She is fantastic with other dogs and can play for hours, but she loves people even more. She is very clever when it comes to following directions and she is great off lead.
Luca makes our house feel like a home because you are always greeted with a toothy grin and an excited whole body wag every time you walk in the door. She is always up for a cuddle on the couch watching TV.
I feel you can have good experiences with pet friendly housing in Australia, but it is just completely dependent on the views of the landlord. If you can find a landlord who will accept you with a pet, they will be great about it and be very accommodating. But I feel there are fewer pet friendly landlords than those who do not want pets on their property.
I have rented two houses living with Luca. Although with the first property in Elwood, I didn’t have Luca when I moved there. Then after a month, I requested permission from the landlord if Luca may live with us and it was accepted. The house was scheduled to be knocked down after our lease was up, so that may have been a factor or the landlord was accepting of pets anyway.
With the house we are in now, I had Luca on the application and the landlord accepted her from the beginning. I believe a few previous tenants have already had pets here.
When we were house hunting for a place to go after Elwood, it took is quite a while to find a place that would accept our applications. There was only one week left on our lease in Elwood when we finally got accepted to our place in Caulfield South.
It was an extremely stressful time. I think the reason that we kept getting rejected from properties may have been because we had a dog. The landlords chose tenants without pets.