Renting with pets - Everything you need to know.
Australia has one the highest rates of pet ownership per household in the world but finding a rental property that is pet-friendly isn’t an easy task. Throughout the country rental lease agreements tend to not mention keeping pets or state that the tenant will require written permission from the landlord should they wish to keep a pet.
So you’re going to want to know what makes landlords say yes to keeping pets. It takes time and effort to find a pet-friendly property and when you do, make sure you are a responsible pet owner and in turn a responsible tenant.
Renting with Pets - Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental
Be a Responsible Owner
To show property managers and landlords that you are a responsible pet owner, put together a resume that entails your pet’s intended spay/neuter surgery, proof of vaccinations being up-to-date and records of regular visits to the vet.
Seek written references from previous landlords, puppy school instructors, your vet and your neighbours. This will make some landlords more comfortable to allow pets in their rental property.
When you meet the property manager or homeowner, offer to draw up a pet agreement that you jointly approve of. Make sure it covers all likely situations and the actions to be taken should any issues crop up with your pup.
Meeting your Pet
Offer to bring your pet along to meet the landlord and show-off how well behaved it is and that you are a responsible carer. Explain the below to demonstrate that you are responsible:
Your Pet’s Resume - Renting with Pets Guide
Your pet’s resume is a good opportunity to offer up all relevant information to your landlord and should cover:
Also mention your pet’s activity levels, his or her age and any other traits that show your pet and you will make good tenants. Follow these tips and renting with pets should become a little bit easier for you.
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