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The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

Are you one of the thousands of people in South Africa struggling to find a rental property because you have pets?

It's becoming increasingly common for landlords to impose strict bans when it comes to leasing property to those with animals.

I've literally had to search for hours to find something suitable. I have so many friends that are in the same boat as me, who've been looking for a year, six months.

Tracy-Lee Scott, Hout Bay resident

The trend is adverts stating blatantly, "No children, no pets". In one instance the ad said, 'lovely family home - no children, no pets'!

Tracy-Lee Scott, Hout Bay resident

Hout Bay resident Tracy-Lee Scott became so frustrated at constantly facing prohibitive renting conditions that she set up a Facebook page hoping to link pet-friendly landlords with tenants.

Tracy says sometimes people just find themselves in difficult situations and some are even forced to give their pets to local animal shelters.

I mean elderly people whose spouses have died and they don't own their homes and now you've got someone who's had their dog who's 12 years old and now they're literally having to give their soul away. It's heartbreaking.

Tracy-Lee Scott, Hout Bay resident

To listen to the full interview, click below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?


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