How To Have Pets In Apartments

Should living in a highrise apartment block prevent you from living with your beloved furry friend?

After extensive research, it has been found that pets might even benefit strata communities, and new resources are now being put into place so that residents can have it all – their dream home and their household pet.

22% of Austalian households are now living in a strata property, a system in which each resident has legal ownership of a ‘portion’ or ‘lot’ of a portion of a building or structure, whether it be in a high rise unit, a townhouse or a villa.

"There is a clear trend in Australia away from the detached home on a quarter acre block in suburbia to higher density, often high rise, living that is close to employment and amenities such as shops and restaurants. With this, comes a demand from residents for access to all the lifestyle choices they would have in any other living environment," says Susie Willis from the Petcare Information and Advisory Service.

"The majority of Australian households own a pet, most often a dog or a cat, and many of the people who are choosing a high rise lifestyle also have pets, or would like to own a pet," says Susie.

Plus, research shows that pets can even help strata communities to flourish. Dogs can help their owners to get to know others within the apartment building and local neighbourhood, and can be valuable in creating a strong apartment community. Pet owners were keen to ensure that their pets fitted in well with others in the community, and regularly helped one another with advice on training and caring for pets.

So, in recognition of the trend towards pets living in higher density environments, the Petcare Information Advisory Service (PIAS) and Strata Community Australia (SCA) have developed a Pet Application Form and a Pet Keeping Agreement. The forms provide a clear application process and also allow pet owners and owners corporations to understand and agree on the conditions for owning a pet in a strata property.

The Pet Application Form provides an opportunity to present the owners corporation with relevant and specific information about your pet including training, overall health and references. This not only makes it easier for potential pet owners to apply to keep their pet on the property, but also for the owners corporation to have all the information they need to make a decision.

Find out more at the Petcare Information Advisory Service website

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