14 Sep
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Pets in our homes

Published: 2018-09-14

Good news! Housing New Zealand is now a pet-friendly landlord.

We know that pets can be great companions and we want our tenants and their whānau to experience the many benefits of pet ownership.

To help us do this we have launched a new Pets Policy which allows pets in our homes.

If you would like a pet, or already have a pet, there are a few things you need to know:

What is considered a pet?

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Livestock (cows, sheep, horse, pigs, goats) that are kept as pets
  • Birds, fish and small animals

Are there any conditions to having a pet?

Just like all New Zealanders, you need to comply with the laws that apply to keeping pets. For example there might be council by-laws, or rules if you live in an apartment, around keeping pets (including cats).

Don’t worry – we can check this for you.

If you want a pet that is a cat or a dog or you live in a rural location and want a livestock animal, call us on 0800 801 601. When you call we will also ask you a few questions about your pet.

Why call?

You need to let us know if you already have, or want to get, a dog, cat or livestock animal as part of your tenancy agreement with us. We will also need to collect some information about your pet.

If you have a dog or livestock animal we’ll also ask you to sign a Pet Information Form, and agree to be a great pet owner. Just give us a call and we will get this all sorted
for you.

Saying yes

If everything is okay, we will be in contact and let you know you can have a pet at your Housing New Zealand home.

If you don’t hear from us, call our Customer Support Centre on 0800 801 601 for an update.

That’s it

Now you can keep your pet. And so long as your pet does not cause a nuisance to your neighbours or attack anyone, there’s nothing more you need to do. So enjoy their company, look after them, and it will all be good.

For more information on having a pet at your Housing New Zealand home or our new Pets Policy, visit our web page at hnzc.co.nz.

Pet corner

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or post:
Close to Home Pet
Corner, Housing New Zealand,
PO Box 2628, Wellington 6140.