Finding pet-friendly accommodation — for both holiday and long term — on the KZN South Coast is a challenge for pet “parents”.
Priscilla Pheiffer of Margate said it’s sad how scarce pet-friendly accommodation is.
Pheiffer has two dogs — a poodle and pug.
“I have just over a month to find a new lease, I think this is likely to be one of the very reasons people dump their pets, but that is just not us; our poodle and pug boys are our whole lives,” said Pheiffer.
She added that she has seen so many beautiful, clean and modern units on the South Coast, only to be left disappointed because knowing her “children” are not welcome.
“Letting agents should consider allowing individuals with pets. So many of the fur parents out there will take such good care of your rental, just as much as the many without pets, or even children for that matter. I’m not blind to the fact that most units are holiday rentals and this exacerbates the lack of willingness to accommodate even the most well trained pets,” she said.
Furthermore, Pheiffer said she was under the impression that a security deposit serves as collateral for any possible damages.
“We are getting very stressed out by our given time frame, which is April 30. I hope letting agents find it in their hearts to help those with fur babies to find a suitable home because there are a bunch of us,” said Pheiffer.
South Coast letting agent Welile Khuzwayo said irresponsible tenants have made it hard for responsible animal lovers to find suitable and pet-friendly accommodation.
“Although some landlords just don’t want animals on their properties, some have had bad experiences in the past where tenants allowed their pets to destroy property; and in cases like that, it is understandable why some landlords decide to not accommodate pets,” said Khuzwayo.
He added that landlords have to state the reasons why they are not accommodating pets.
“But at the end of the day, it is the landlord’s decision to make,” he said.