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Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends...

Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends...

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Darren Fisher, Author provided

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent. A systematic national approach is needed to reduce the numbers of people who have to give up their pets to secure housing – especially as we return to post-COVID “normal”.

Six housing experts spanning five Australian universities undertook the study of animal-inclusive housing and options for reform, the first of its kind internationally. It assesses state and territory housing and legislative reforms in the private rental sector, social housing, homelessness services, strata title, aged care and caravan parks. Here they explain what they found.


Read more: As pet owners suffer rental insecurity, perhaps landlords should think again


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Wendy Stone receives funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Victorian Government, including HomesVictoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) and the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC).

Amity James receives funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Caitlin Buckle receives funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

Debbie Faulkner receives funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Emma Power currently receives funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

Selina Tually receives funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

Zoe Goodall receives funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Victorian Government, including HomesVictoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) and the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC).

Darren C Fisher does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

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