The South Australian locations with the most pet-friendly rental properties

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Melissa Townsend with her 8-month-old kitten Ella at the Christies Beach property she rents. (Image AAP/Mark Brake)

Rental properties that allow fluffy felines, pet pooches and feathered friends can be hard to come by.

But new figures reveal there are more options the further you get from the city.

Latest realestate.com.au data shows Mount Barker had the most pet-friendly rentals in South Australia over the past year.

It had 99 rental properties with “pet-friendly” or “pets-negotiable” in their listings.

Morphett Vale had the second highest number of pet-friendly rentals (60), followed by Christies Beach (51).

Prospect and Seaton were the only locations in the top 10 that were close to Adelaide CBD.

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The Mount Barker house at 1/35 Alexandrina Rd is listed for rent at $360 per week with pets-negotiable. Pic: realestate.com.au

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Many people struggle to find rental properties that will allow their pets to move in with them.

Harcourts Adelaide Hills senior property manager Rachel Torney said Mount Barker properties were well suited to pets.

“Mount Barker certainly isn’t rural by any means but we have that little bit more space, even in the new suburbs,” she said.

“I think it’s also because a lot of families are living up there, so we encourage our owners to market their properties as pets-negotiable.”

Ms Torney said pets were often frowned upon by landlords because they were concerned about the damage animals could cause.

“Pets don’t always cause massive issues though,” she said.

“If the tenants are respectful people, generally the pets do the right thing as well because they’ve been trained.”

Harcourts Morphett Vale and Christies Beach business development manager Heather Bettineschi said landlords would eliminate lots of potential tenants if they didn’t consider pet owners.

“I always say to a property owner that a lot of people have pets rather than children these days,” she said.

“The only time it’s a downfall is if (the property) has a really tiny backyard.”

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The Mount Barker property at 35 Wycombe Drive is listed for rent at $380 a week with pets-negotiable. Pic: realestate.com.au

Christies Beach tenant Melissa Townsend had been lucky to find rentals that allowed her to have cats, but she said friends of hers with pets had struggled.

While she understood why many landlords didn’t like them, Ms Townsend said pets were important members of the family.

“For some people pets are a comfort,” she said.

“If you’ve had a bad day, your dogs or your cats are always there for you.”

Chief economist at realestate.com.au Nerida Conisbee said “pet-friendly” was a term regularly used in rental searches.

“When you look at the top keyword searches for rentals, it’s always in the top five,” she said.

While many didn’t advertise it, Ms Conisbee said there were likely a lot more landlords who would consider pets if prospective tenants asked.

LOCATIONS WITH THE MOST PET-FRIENDLY RENTALS

(Rank, location, no. of listings over the past year)

1. Mount Barker, 99

2. Morphett Vale, 60

3. Christies Beach, 51

4. Davoren Park, 46

5. Prospect, 45

6. Aldinga Beach, 44

7. Hallett Cove, 38

8. Salisbury North, 36

9. Seaton, 34

10. Munno Para West, 33

(Source: realestate.com.au)