As of September 2018 Housing New Zealand is a pet friendly landlord.
Housing New Zealand tenants can now keep dogs, cats, livestock animals (cows, sheep, horses, pigs, goats that are kept as pets), birds, fish and small animals at their home.
Chief Operating Officer, Paul Commons says this change is part of a wider desire to better support Housing New Zealand tenants to live well.
"Studies have shown that pets have numerous health and wellness benefits for people, particularly the elderly, small children and people who live on their own. Therefore we want to be a landlord who supports our tenants to experience the joy and companionship that comes from pets ownership."
For Housing New Zealand tenant Shannell this is great news.
The proud owner of Milo, a two-year old male Chihuahua, and Shannell knows all too well the joy and commitment of being a great dog owner.
"Having Milo is very calming for me. He alerts me to anyone coming up the drive and we have a sense of security and protection from this, especially for a single mum like me."
Shannell also understands that having a pet is a big commitment and is featured in the latest tenant publication Close to Home with some advice and tips for tenants considering a pet.
"While we are allowing pets in our homes, our tenants need to take care of their pet and like anyone else are responsible for the control, health and welfare of their pet," says Mr Commons.
"They also need to let us know if they want a dog, cat or livestock animal so we can collect some information about their pet. And as part of this we will give them some guidance on what they need to consider when having a pet in their home."
As an experienced dog owner, Shannell advises tenants who are looking to get a pet dog to consider how much care and love a dog needs to be happy and healthy.
"They're like children. You can't just leave them when you go for a holiday. I often see people have a dog for a few months or a year and try palm it off on trademe."
She also cautions that pets need ongoing care and there are costs associated with dog ownership.
"It can be quite costly and time consuming, but you’ve gotta do it. Keep them healthy because vet bills are extremely expensive."
To help tenants be great pet owners Housing New Zealand will be providing further guidance and advice on pet ownership and pet care.
For more information, visit the having a pet section of our website.