The issue of animals being kept in unit dwellings has long been an
emotive topic which has generated heated debate among both tenants and the
love them (animals) or hate them,
Common complaints in relation to animals stem from dogs barking
and cats jumping across balconies or defecating in common areas.
It’s now much more common to have pets in multi-unit dwellings.
A body corporate can't reasonably refuse to allow someone to
keep a pet.
If it’s a
large dog and a small apartment, that may be seen as "unreasonable”, but if
it’s an appropriate pet for the apartment, a body corporate can't say
Under the law, a landlord can prevent a tenant from
housing a pet as the legal owner of the unit, however a body corporate can’t.
He says there has been a lot of debate around what’s considered to be
‘reasonable’ and what isn’t, in accordance with the wording of the
There were previously conditions, such as the pet being no bigger than
10 kilograms, but it depends on the size of the apartment and the level the apartment is on.
Restricting it to just one pet is also considered unreasonable as once
again it’s all about the size of the apartment and whether it’s appropriate for
The regulation simply states ‘the body corporate cannot act
unreasonably’ which can be a little ambiguous.
find if a body corporate allows a pet under certain conditions,
there’s no problem. It’s when they dig in their heels and say ‘no pets’,
then we have issues with owners getting upset and that’s when disputes happen.
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Monday, 29 March 2021