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"Pets Negotiable": How Do the Perspectives of Landlords and Property Managers Compare with Those of Younger Tenants with Dogs?

By Taryn M. Graham, Katrina J. Milaney, Cindy L. Adams, Melanie J Rock

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In rental housing policy, pets are rarely considered as valued household members. Instead, landlords and property managers are often permitted to ban pets outright, or to advertise them as merely negotiable in their listings for rental housing. In fact, previous research has shown that moving and renting are key reasons for animal relinquishment. To reduce the number of animals that are given up each year due to housing issues, we surveyed landlords and property managers about their perspectives towards pets. Also, because younger adults are disproportionately tenants and because dogs are often banned from rental housing, we interviewed younger tenants with dogs about their recent experiences in the rental market. Our results confirm that dog owners face difficulties in finding rental housing. To keep their pets, tenants made compromises on where and how they lived, which held consequences for their health and that of their pets. Suggestions for improvement are provided, as are implications for research, policy, and practice.

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Katie Osborn

Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 3
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8030032
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/3/32
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  • Taryn M. Graham; Katrina J. Milaney; Cindy L. Adams; Melanie J Rock (2018), ""Pets Negotiable": How Do the Perspectives of Landlords and Property Managers Compare with Those of Younger Tenants with Dogs?," http://habricentral.org/resources/62925.

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Tags
  1. Animal welfare
  2. Dogs
  3. Housing
  4. Mammals
  5. open access
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. Pet ownership
  8. relinquishment
  9. tenants
  10. Young Adult
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  2. peer-reviewed