Denmark to get ‘dog-owner-only’ apartments

Rental apartments in Frederikssund Municipality in northern Zealand are set to be made available only to tenants with four-legged friends.

Denmark to get 'dog-owner-only' apartments
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The apartments, which will number 18 in total, will be built by local entrepreneur Niels Martin Viuff, local media Frederiksborg Amts Avis reports.

Viuff came upon the idea for the mandatory dog apartments after speaking to local residents.

“There is demand from some dog owners who are tired of there being so many places where dogs are not allowed,” Viuff told Ritzau.

“We want to meet the needs of dog owners. Many are very lonely,” he added.

An apartment block reserved for dog owners, to be given the name Hundehuset (“The Dog House”), will provide a common interest for its residents, the entrepreneur said.

The Danish Kennel Klub, Denmark’s largest association for dog owners, was consulted by Viuff over the idea and praised the concept.

“This is super exciting, it’s innovative, and we look forward to following progress and seeing how the project develops,” the organisation’s behaviour consultant Lise Lotte Christensen said.

Christensen was part of an advisory group that made suggestions as to how to make the apartments more canine-friendly, including by installing tougher flooring and a dog bathing area in the gardens.

“Dogs wear things out, they have their outdoor shoes on all year round. They don’t take their shoes off in the hallway,” she said, adding that materials used in the apartments should be easy to clean.

Viuff said that potential tenants would be required to bring their dogs to see him before signing rental contracts.

“We want to have dogs that weigh a maximum of 45 kilograms. So we will be avoiding the largest breeds, so (the apartments) won’t be crowded with dogs. But if you have small dogs, more than one is fine,” he said.

Cats will also be allowed to live in the apartments and a complex reserved solely for cat owners is also under consideration.

“I can imagine that we could make (an apartment complex) for cat owners too. That is on the drawing board,” Viuff said.

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Copenhagen nature area to be developed as city approves land sale

A part of the Amager Fælled nature area has lost its reserve status and can now be sold to investors, after a majority in the city's municipal council voted in favour of development on Thursday.

Copenhagen nature area to be developed as city approves land sale
Amager Fælled. File photo: Asger Ladefoged/Ritzau Scanpix

The 219,000 square-kilometre area, known as Lærkesletten, can be sold to developers who wish to build homes on the land, broadcaster TV2 reported.

The sale raises money needed by the city to pay for the new Metro lines, which opened last year, and was part of a political deal agreed in 2017.

City councillors from the Social Democrats, Social Liberals, Liberals, Conservatives, Danish People's Party and two independents voted in favour, while Red-Green Alliance, Alternative and Independent Green parties and one independent opposed.

Located on the southern edge of the natural area on island Amager, the area is frequently used by people from the city for cycling, running and walking.

“We have seen that nature and the environment are at the centre of the public’s perception of what’s important. They want real wild nature in Denmark,” Gorm Anker Gunnarsen, who represents the Red-Green Alliance on the city council, told news agency Ritzau.

An Epinion survey this week showed that 76 percent of people who live in Copenhagen are either partly or completely against development of the area.

Gunnarsen told Ritzau he still believes there is a chance of preserving the nature zone.

“We have the authority to withdraw a building permit in special circumstances,” he said.

An advisory public vote could on the matter provide the basis for this, he argued.

“This case will not then just rest on which party you are with, but also on your view of the individual case,” he said.

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