The changes to model bylaws means that pets would now actually be allowed on the premises by default (originally pets were prohibited by default), and will only be banned from the premises if the strata committee votes against it. We find this vital change to the model bylaws is a commendable one and would be highly appreciated by pet owners everywhere. However, in order for pet owners to truly benefit, rental laws also require amendment. The reason being that although strata committees now have the power to allow pets on the premises, individual landlords still have the final say on the matter.
Unfortunately, the alterations to NSW Strata Laws will only apply to new developments, not current ones. Dr Chris Martin, the NSW Tenants Union Senior Policy Adviser, points out that the new laws would have more of an impact if they were also implemented as default for all existing strata buildings. Therefore it appears that your current rental property may not be openings its doors to pets as of yet, but who knows what will happen in the future. Or perhaps it may even be beneficial to look into moving to an up and coming strata property that must abide by the more ‘pet friendly’ approach. The new laws will be incorporated from mid 2014.