Property administration firm’s canine breed coverage riles canine house owners

Summit's "banned dog breeds" have riled dog-owning tenants, who say it is hard enough finding a rental.


Summit’s “banned canine breeds” have riled dog-owning tenants, who say it’s exhausting sufficient discovering a rental.

Canine house owners have complained to a property administration firm a few coverage that seems to forbid sure breeds from its rental properties.

Tracey, who requested that her full identify not be used as a result of she feared talking out would make it more durable to discover a rental, posted on Fb after recognizing the listing on Summit Property Administration’s web site.

The breeds included dobermans, rottweilers, bull mastiffs and any canines required by the Canine Management Act to put on a muzzle.

“I couldn’t imagine it; it’s discrimination,” Tracey stated. “They don’t seem to be harmful breeds; it’s all to do with the proprietor, not the breed. Little rat canines could cause harm too.”

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After quite a lot of canine house owners complained, the corporate acknowledged its coverage was old-fashioned and stated it will get replaced by a case-by-case evaluation.

Tracey stated her mastiff cross had been a relentless companion since she bought him as a pet, 9 years in the past.

She lived by herself and her canine was safety in addition to firm, she stated. “He’s very pleasant however will bark and run to see who’s on the door.”

Along with her present rental up on the market, Tracey was home searching. Nevertheless, after weeks of trying, she had not discovered a house and feared she and her canine would find yourself homeless.

Tracey’s social media posts touched a nerve with different canine house owners, a few of whom bought in contact with Summit to voice their annoyance.

Summit has removed the list of "banned breeds" and is instead offering tips to dog-owning tenants on the hunt for a rental.

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Summit has eliminated the listing of “banned breeds” and is as an alternative providing tricks to dog-owning tenants on the hunt for a rental.

Summit’s common supervisor, Stewart Henry, acknowledged that the hunt for a rental with a canine in tow was troublesome throughout a time of property shortages.

The coverage was out-of-date, developed about 10 years in the past with the view of holding workers secure, he stated.

“We had a few workers attacked by canines, they had been damage fairly badly.

“We’re going out and in of a variety of homes on daily basis. Typically [tenants] will tie their canines up, generally they do not. It’s a fortunate dip.”


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Working with Marlborough and Nelson councils, the corporate had checked out “what kind of canines we must be cautious about”.

“These are the breeds that predominantly trigger assaults on strangers.”

He agreed that house owners usually dictated canine behaviour. “However we do not know the canine’s proprietor that effectively.”

After quite a lot of complaints, Summit workers had been eradicating the coverage, Stewart stated.

As an alternative, property managers would make calls on a case-by-case foundation, property suitability and whether or not the proprietor allowed pets, he stated.

In addition they deliberate to supply recommendations on their web site for would-be tenants with canines, which included guaranteeing your canine was registered and getting references from previous landlords.

“We aren’t canine trainers or vets, we’re simply regular individuals making an attempt to do a job with out getting damage,” Stewart stated.


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