Rental crisis in Ireland affects dog ownership

first_imgNewsHousingLifestylePetsRental crisis in Ireland affects dog ownershipBy admin – August 7, 2019 277 WhatsApp Linkedin TAGSHousinglifestyleLimerick City and CountyNewsPets RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Print Email Border photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comWE recently featured Dog-Friendly Ireland Day here on ‘For Pet’s Sake’ and it was fantastic to see how many businesses in Ireland are embracing the dog-friendly ethos.Sadly, according to the charity Dogs Trust, the same can’t be said for the rental market in Ireland. A lack of dog-friendly accommodation is contributing to why many dogs are being surrendered to local authority pounds.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The charity also revealed recently that 75 people emailed them in 2018 looking to surrender their dog due to problems moving property. This is 15 per cent of all surrender request emails that the  Trust received in that year.The charity recently launched its second national ‘Dog-Friendly Ireland Day’, which is part of a wider initiative to encourage more organisations and services across the country to become dog-friendly. More than 750 business owners and individuals pledged to welcome dogs onto their premises or visit their favourite dog-friendly spot by signing up to take part in the day and receive their dog-friendly goody bag from Dogs Trust. The charity is now focused on the difficulty that dog owners across the country are facing while trying to find accommodation that accepts dogs.As part of their campaign, Dogs Trust has released ‘Renting with Rover’ guidelines for both tenants and landlords. It is hoped that these guidelines will help encourage more landlords to accept dogs, which will in turn help make the house-hunting process easier for people with dogs. With the housing market in turmoil, landlords are frequently turning away such candidates, not from a personally negative experience but the ‘fear of the unknown’ is listed as the biggest barrier. The guidelines offer helpful advice and steps that a landlord can take to help overcome any concerns they may have, as well as tips for renters to help them in the search process.The charity is also asking all estate agents and online rental sites who currently are, or are considering, listing dog-friendly properties, to make this option clear on their platforms for both renters and landlords.  Recent research carried out by Behaviours and Attitudes for Dogs Trust revealed that 57 per cent of private landlords weren’t aware if the mediums they use offer the option of advertising a property as pet-friendly.Owen Reilly is one of the few estate agents breaking the mould in the rental market by encouraging landlords to consider tenants with pets.Owen said, “We encourage our landlord clients to consider tenants with pets and in particular, dogs. Landlords who automatically rule out tenants with dogs are being shortsighted and are excluding a large portion of the rental market. Tenants are older and more mature than say, ten years ago. So many have dogs.“From my experience, dog owners tend to be more responsible tenants because dog owners are more responsible by nature! They are so grateful to find a landlord who will consider them with their dog and they then tend to take very good care of the property. Not to mention, that letting out a property to someone with a dog will more than likely mean that they will be a long-term tenant, a win-win situation for everyone! People are going to rent for longer as a choice and smart landlord need to change their perceptions with the times. We have never had a property damaged by a tenant with a dog but simple measures such as taking a small pet deposit and doing regular checks on the property can help put a landlord’s mind at ease.“We recently made a built-to-rent block pet-friendly and the demand doubled once this fact was advertised.”A survey with landlords commissioned by Dogs Trust revealed that 48 per cent found damage caused by tenants to be the main problem, but only 11 per cent listed damage from a pet as a problem**. Furthermore, research by Behaviours and Attitudes carried out on behalf of Dogs Trust showed that 40 per cent of households in Ireland have at least one dog, so landlords who are open to the idea of welcoming dogs to their property would open up a larger selection of responsible and more likely long-term tenants.One of the devastating knock-on effects from Ireland’s housing crisis is families who are now finding themselves homeless over the lack of property available to dog owners. All too often the charity hear that families are being left with no other option but to give up their dog, move back to their parents’ home with their dog or face eviction.Dogs Trust believes that if more properties were dog-friendly, it would help ease the pressure on local authority pounds and rescue centres nationwide as the number of dogs being surrendered would lower and the number of people in a position to adopt would increase.Sarah Lynch, campaigns manager for Dogs Trust, commented: “We strongly believe that if more dog-friendly accommodation was available, more people would be in a situation where they could welcome a dog into their family, and those who already own a dog would not have to give up their dog. There are simple steps a landlord can take such as discussing the topic with potential renters, meeting the dog beforehand, and getting a reference from a previous landlord. These could go a long way to alleviating any worries they may have.“Although 42 per cent of landlords have admitted to purposefully not allowing a tenant to rent with a pet, 75 per cent say that they could be convinced. With an overwhelming majority open to the idea, we are hopeful that our guidelines will help both landlords and tenants open up the conversation about allowing pets.”center_img Facebook Advertisement Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articlePatrickswell aiming to stay top of the tree in SHCNext articleUK festival and touring for Limerick metallers Zealot Cult admin last_img read more

UPDATE: Fatal Hit and Run on South Bend’s South Side

first_img Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleNo Indiana State Fair this year, but there will be a carnivalNext articleWhitmer closes indoor bar service in Michigan amid new virus numbers Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Facebook (“Police Line / Police Tape” by Tony Webster, CC BY 2.0) Police in South Bend continue to investigate a fatal hit and run crash that killed a man on the city’s south side.The man was riding a bicycle when he was hit, around 3 AM Wednesday morning. The crash happened on Ireland Rd. just east of Keria Trail.The victim, 23 year-old Uriah Scofield, was found deceased in the road lying next to the bicycle. The road was closed for several hours as the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team investigated the scene.Police say Scofield was riding westbound when he was struck from behind by a vehicle that left the scene. Investigators are looking for a white Volkswagen, and anyone with information is asked to call South Bend Police. By Jon Zimney – July 1, 2020 0 1143 Pinterest Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp UPDATE: Fatal Hit and Run on South Bend’s South Sidelast_img read more

Australian university to lead longevity risk research for LLMA

first_imgThe Life & Longevity Markets Association (LLMA) has asked Australia’s Macquarie University to research the basis risk for longevity risk transactions.Supported by the University of Waterloo in the Canadian province of Ontario, the Australian National University in Canberra and Mercer Australia, the Sydney-based university, will seek to design a “readily applicable methodology” for use in longevity risk indices.“Such mortality indices are often used in pension benefits and annuitant liabilities, as well as in providing actuaries with key data,” the LLMA said in a joint statement with the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), which is also supporting the research.The LLMA and UK actuarial body said the project was the second step in its research, building on phase one, which concluded in 2014 and developed the methodology to be used by the Australian and Canadian institutions. Colin Wilson, president-elect of the IFoA, said the institute was “delighted” to be announcing its partners for the next step of its research.“Managing longevity risk is a major concern for pension funds and life insurance companies,” he said.“The practical application of assessing basis risk will be useful to many in the industry.”Jackie Li, associate professor at Macquarie University, noted that longevity increases posed significant challenges to pension-fund sponsors and governments.“It is of utmost importance to find theoretically sound and also practically feasible approaches to manage longevity risk,” she said.“In particular, the use of population-based mortality indices has great potential to deal with this risk, but the problem of the existence of basis risk remains unsolved.”The development of a functioning longevity risk market has long been desired by a number of academic bodies.The OECD has repeatedly called for governments to consider intervening and growing the market by issuing longevity bonds.last_img read more

‘Tobacco 21’ gains steam across the country

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America have released projected benefits of raising the smoking rate to 21-years-old. The Tobacco 21 Campaign or T21 is an effort to convince legislators to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco.The projections say there would be a 25 percent decline in smoking among 15 to 17-year-olds, a 10 percent reduction in smoking-related deaths in people born in 2000 or after and cut deaths attributed to lung cancer by 50,000. The report also says 75 percent of adults are in favor including a significant percentage of current smokers.For more information click here.last_img read more

IWG lands three-year instant win deal for Loterie Nationale

first_img Share Submit EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Instant Win Gaming (IWG) will drive the next phase of online lottery growth in Belgium through an extension of its partnership with International Game Technology (IGT).Loterie Nationale, the country’s National Lottery, has handed IWG a three-year contract to deliver its instant win content following a competitive procurement process.The supplier will, therefore, be integrating its own Progressive Play Remote Game Server (RGS) – complete with a portfolio of over 100 titles – into the existing IGT platform in Belgium.IWG has previously partnered with IGT to provide games to Norsk Tipping – the Norwegian state gaming operator which has selected Optima as its sportsbook platform provider – and Lotto New Zealand, with two further launches planned for the US before the end of 2019.This latest deal demonstrates the global appeal of content from IWG, whose games are live with lotteries from British Columbia to Pennsylvania and the UK to New Zealand.Rhydian Fisher, IWG CEO, said: “The opportunity to work with the team at Loterie Nationale, one of the world’s leading lotteries, is hugely pleasing and very exciting for us. The lottery’s plans to innovate, entertain and grow online are amongst the most inspiring we’ve seen, so we’re very much looking forward to the partnership.“Winning an opportunity like this through an open and competitive RFP process is a source of great pride for the whole company. With our partners at IGT, we’ll work tirelessly to help Loterie Nationale attract new players, entertain existing players and ultimately generate funds for good causes in Belgium.” Kevin Van Belle, Strategy and Change Management at Loterie Nationale, added: “Partnering with IWG is an important step for us as we ramp up our efforts to further evolve our games offering.“The IWG portfolio is a proven success in other national and state lotteries. We’re confident in IWG’s expertise in delivering quality and reliable instant win games and excited about the prospect of innovating together in the coming years.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Charles City, Algona K-Mart stores closing, final locations in Iowa

first_imgCHARLES CITY — The final two K-Mart stores in Iowa, located here in north-central Iowa are closing. Sears Holdings, the parent company of K-Mart, confirms that their stores in Charles City and Algona will be closing in February. Employees of both stores were informed earlier this week of the decision, with liquidation sales at those locations expected to start in a couple of weeks. A number of K-Mart stores have closed across Iowa in the last year, including those in Webster City and Cherokee. Sears Holdings last month had announced another round closings would take place, but most of the locations impacted were not revealed at the time.last_img read more