19 June 2013
Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich has welcomed the Government’s commitment to reduce barriers to pet ownership in strata scheme apartments.
"Currently many strata schemes adopt the default blanket ban on all pets, making it difficult for responsible pet owners to find homes. Even in pet friendly apartments, rules can change forcing owners to give up their companion even if there have been no problems."
In response to my question in Parliament the Government said it will change the default by-law to one that allows pets with permission, where permission cannot be unreasonably refused.
"This will mean more pet friendly apartments which is welcome news for pet owners looking for a home”
“Pets provide owners companionship, security, and health and mental health benefits and owners should be able to find somewhere to live with their pet"
Recommendations to look at strata bans came out of the Companion Animals Taskforce, set up in response to former Independent MP Clover Moore’s call for an inquiry in to companion animal welfare. Mr Greenwich campaigned for pet friendly strata laws during last year’s by-election and has heard from many constituents having trouble keeping their pets.
"I look forward to working with the Government to also remove barriers to keeping pets in rental properties and in retirement villages"
For more information contact Alex Greenwich on 9360 3053