Reader Question: 

“Tenants applied for our rental in Dec 2016 with no listed pets on the rental form, but now have a kitten. How do we approach this legally since they have not got this listed on the lease and have effectively avoided paying the pet bond (maximum $260 in WA)? We only found out because we had to visit them to inquire why they are behind on the rent (a whole different problem)!”– Linda

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We asked managing director / licensee at Investors Edge Real Estate, Jarrad Mahon for his advice.

“Firstly, do you wish to allow them to keep the pet in your property?” Jarrad asked.

“If not, you can follow through with breach and terminating their lease should they not get rid of it.”

Jarrad said although this sounds cruel, the tenant was not given permission to have a pet in the property, meaning they are in breach of the terms of their lease.

“Alternatively, if you are OK with them keeping the cat, they need to pay the pet bond immediately to be lodged with the bond administrator,” he said.

“If they fail to pay, you can follow the above course of action.”

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Jarrad Mahon
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Jarrad Mahon is an experienced real estate industry thought leader who is a passionate property investor, real estate agency owner and the “Go To” for Perth property investment insights.