Aussies love their pets. According to the RSPA, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – with 63 percent of households owning some kind of pet.
It’s no wonder that people have so many questions about animals when they purchase strata property. We explore some of the most common queries here.
Who makes the rules about pets in a strata property?
In strata property, the owners corporation may give consent to whether or not animals may be kept within the unit or common areas, according to ACT Administrative and Civil Tribunal.
When can an owners corporation deny a request?
The owners corporation is not allowed to unreasonably deny consent to keep pets in a strata unit or common area. This, of course, leaves defining what’s reasonable up to the owners corporation. Keeping a beehive in a common area, for example, could easily be considered ‘unreasonable’, while keeping a cat in a private unit would likely be deemed ‘reasonable’.
The owners corporation may also give consent with or without conditions, including conditions around certain breeds or species of animals.
How are pet policies made in a units plan?
The law doesn’t say much about how owners corporations design their policies around pets, but the recommendation is for them to make a more generalised policy, rather than going over each request case by case.