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DEMAND for rental properties in the Wont-
haggi area is the highest it’s been for at least
seven years says Alex Scott and Staff Wonthaggi
property manager Katheryn Sloan.
Ms Sloan says Wonthaggi’s property market
is “evolving”, with demand increasing in the
past six to eight months.
“It’s been progressively getting busier. For the
whole month of January we only had one va-
cant rental and when more do become avail-
able, they get snapped up really quickly. It’s be-
come routine to have 12 to 15 people registered
for every open house.”
Ms Sloan has been working in Wonthaggi for
the past seven years and says she hasn’t seen a
period like this.
“The only thing you could compare it to is
when the desal plant was being built.
“You have a mix of people coming into the
area and locals competing so it’s definitely a
very tough market. And it’s hard for people to
get into the market, especially if they haven’t
She says there’s no secret to increasing your
chances of success when applying for rentals,
and advises prospective renters to “just tell the
truth and just keep applying”.
“There’s nothing specific you can do to en-
sure a successful application. We take into ac-
count lots of things from the rental history to
employment and income, but it’s the owner that
makes the final decision,” she said.
“You’ve got to put in an application to be in
the running, and we process every application
we receive. The main issue is that we’re getting
so many applications. There are so many peo -
ple looking, so it’s very competitive.”
Pets still a problem
It seems the options are especially limited for
prospective renters with pets.
In two months of searching at the start of
the year, Taryn and Shaun Prestage, with two
dogs and two cats and a budget of up to $260
a week, struggled to find a suitable rental prop-
erty in the Wonthaggi area.
“It was a pretty stressful couple of months,”
says Taryn. “When we first started looking,
there was nothing available, except for $400 to
$500 a week.”
The young couple, who both work full time,
found just three pet friendly properties to ap-
“We went through every real estate agent.
And one agent actually told us ‘You’ve got no
chance. No one’s ever going to accept you with
that many animals’. They were quite rude about
it,” says Taryn.
Despite having to stretch their budget to $270
a week and agree to keep their pets outside at
all times, they consider themselves lucky to
have been approved for a house in South Dud-
“We were very lucky to get it. Two or three
other people viewed it on the same day we did
and applied when we applied,” said Shaun.
“I don’t know what we would’ve done [if we
hadn’t been approved] but I know I would never
give up the dogs. I’d sleep in my car if I had to,”
The couple were surprised to find that most
landlords still weren’t accepting pets, given the
Andrews Labor Government’s highly publicised
announcement of reforms to tenancy laws last
The reforms included the provisions that
“Tenants will have the right to keep pets, pro-
vided they obtain the landlord’s written consent
first” and that “Landlords will not be able to
unreasonably refuse a request for consent”.
But five months on from the announcement,
no legislation has been introduced into parlia-
ment, and with just 28 sitting days before the
November state election, it’s becoming increas-
ingly likely the bill will be debated well into the
next government’s term.
“People need to be more relaxed and lenient
about pets,” says Taryn.
“I don’t know why landlords still won’t accept
them. If my pets wreck your house - isn’t that
what the bond’s for? If my dogs chew up the
carpet or something, I’m happy to replace it,”
Taryn and Shaun Prestage struggled for months to find a suitable rental property in a
competitive Wonthaggi market. kg030818
Tough competition for
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