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Dogs continue to be #1 in the pet stakes with Cats holding the #2 slot, according to a new report from leading rental property site, Rent.com.au.

Key Highlights

  • Over 75,000 Pet Resumes created (and over 275,000 Renter Resumes)
  • Thousands of pets into homes (and their humans, of course)

Pet Resume continues to be extremely popular with renters around the country. The tool allows renters to present prospective landlords/agents with a detailed summary of their pet’s best qualities, a photo and information about whether their furry friend has been vaccinated or trained. It starts the conversation with a Landlord or Agent and helps the renter demonstrate that they are responsible pet owners

Renters commonly struggle in their bid to find the perfect home for their family. Today, around 30% of Renter Resumes have a Pet Resume attached – that’s less than half the Australian average for pet ownership and says a lot about the difficulties that renters experience searching for pet-friendly rental properties. In a survey released by Rent.com.au, almost 50% of renters found it extremely difficult to find pet-friendly rental properties, and that is where the Pet Resume can help.

Dogs once again reign supreme (68% of all pets) in the popularity stakes, with cats sitting smugly as a solid number two (25%),  but as you can see in the following table, Pet Resume can be used for all creatures, great and small.

Renters trying to put their best paw forward

With regulations around pets varying from state-to-state, the struggle to find pet-friendly accommodation has been heavily debated among renters, who often find their applications rejected before they’ve even stepped through the door.

This is where RENT’s Renter Resume and Pet Resume come into their own, providing renters with a tool that demonstrates responsible pet ownership. In fact, we know that tenants with pets will often go the extra mile to ensure their furry friend doesn’t cause a problem, while plenty will become long-term tenants, the prospect of finding a new home again too daunting.

Power to the pets – and their owners

Renters with Pet Resumes aren’t always who you’d expect either! Jill, 49, of Killarney Vale in New South Wales has spent the last 15 years rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned native animals.

Jill created a Pet Resume on Rent.com.au to cater for her love of caring for native Australian wildlife, and most recently, pouch babies while she searches for her next home. To date, she’s cared for everything from tawny frogmouths, possums, joeys, galahs, turtles, lizards and even a pelican.

“I’m still looking for a rental that fits my lifestyle,” she said. “I’m a fan of Pet Resume because I stand by being honest with landlords and agents in the application process about the pets I care for. Hiding your pets (or animals you care for) can only make things worse for the animals and yourself.”

Jill said she has been selective with her choice of home as some places aren’t suitable. “I don’t want to live near a main road in case I have an escapee at home,” she admits. “At the moment I’m looking for properties that have a granny flat or garage where I can keep my aviaries and cages.” Jill also works with dementia patients and uses her rescued wildlife to connect with them.

Presentation matters on an application

Byrony O’Neill, director of the Auchenflower-based estate agent of the same name in Queensland, said her office manages several pet-friendly properties and understands the importance of determining a pet’s temperament in the application process:

Rent.com.au’s Pet Resume feature is an excellent tool, which allows property managers to process a rental application with a pet more efficiently and with much more detail for our landlords,” Byrony said. “We know that more and more tenants are searching for properties which are pet-friendly every day; we often have calls asking if anything is available. The Pet Resume feature allows tenants to show the nature of their pet, its personality and training. In the past applications have merely noted the breed and age, which does little to convey the temperament of the pet.”

Byrony said Pet Resume allows property managers to show landlords that their pet is friendly, approachable and well-behaved. “We find that landlords are more willing to consider pets when they understand the personality of the pet and owner. Often, tenants with pets will go to extreme lengths to win over the landlord’s approval – writing long letters, sending pictures, offering for them to meet the pet. Pet Resume essentially ties all of this together so that the tenant can provide these details easily for the landlord so that they can make an informed decision,” she concluded.

RENT chief executive officer, Greg Bader said the information renters choose to add to their Pet Resume helps all parties involved in the application process (landlords and agents alike) make a favourable decision.

“Our focus at Rent.com.au is on bridging the gap between the overwhelming demand for pet-friendly rentals on the one hand, and the limited supply of these properties on the other,” he said.

Pet Resume is available for new and existing renters to use through Renter Resume at www.rent.com.au


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