For animal lovers, there’s nothing nicer than a hug from their furry friend. But owning a pet can become tricky for many renters when hunting for a rental property. Many landlords have concerns about hygiene, cleanliness, and damage to their property. So, how can you persuade landlords to agree to include your four-legged buddy in the rental agreement?
1. Changes in the tenancy laws
Every Australian state and territory has its own residential tenancy laws that all animal owners should know. Some have recently changed to assist tenants in finding a pet-loving rental. For example, new regulations introduced in Victoria earlier this year state that landlords can’t “reasonably refuse” a tenant’s request to own a pet. In NSW and Queensland, landlords CAN refuse pet requests or at least, in NSW, they can include a refusal clause in tenancy agreements.
2. What landlord concerns are
As a responsible tenant, it can sometimes be challenging to understand why you’re unable to have a pet.
Jaime Pratt, head of PM at VPM has had many situations where tenants want to have a pet and landlords aren’t keen.
Jamie says, “The interests of both parties should be considered. It’s not that the landlord doesn’t like pets. For them, they have an investment property, and they want to consider many things that may affect their investment.”
“Let’s face it, puppies chew, cats scratch, and either of them may choose inside rather than outside when nature calls, so the risk of potential damage to the property is high on the list of concerns. Then there’s the effect of noise on neighbours or strata restrictions that don’t allow pets at all. Eliminating wayward fur in the carpet or stubborn smells can be a nightmare too. Not to mention hygiene risks and pet allergies that any future tenants may have. So, it’s easy to see why landlords are a bit nervous to accept pets”, she says.
3. The art of persuasion
“As a tenant who owns a pet, being persuasive is about approaching your new rental in the mindset of your landlord. Be sure to acknowledge their concerns and state how you plan to overcome them”, Jaime advises.
Some tips include:
- Create a resume for your pet/s, including information on how you plan to care for your pet at the property. For example, will your pet be kept inside all the time or outside during the day and inside at night?
- If your landlord lives nearby, introduce them to your animal to help create a connection and show your pet’s behaviour
- Attach a testimonial or reference from a previous tenancy, your friends and/or your vet, including desexing and microchip information
Jaime has seen many past tenants take a proactive approach from other pet-owning tenants to ensure their rental property was kept in the best possible condition during their tenancy.
“Don’t be discouraged”, she says, ‘just make sure you’re upfront from the start about owning a pet, and you’ll be surprised at how your landlord may welcome your furry friend’.
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Jaime is a seasoned Senior Property Manager and Director with over two decades of expertise. She excels in negotiation, delivering impressive outcomes for her clients. Her focus lies in Sydney’s East and Inner West, with a profound understanding of their distinct features, which she has acquired throughout her career.
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