Rental pets

Hunting for the perfect rental can be daunting, especially when you need to find somewhere pet friendly. Follow our tips below to help make the process a bit easier.

Unfortunately, it isnt always clear if a rental property will accept pets. The landlord might be open to it but there may be some criteria you need to meet to get the tick of approval.

1. Get up to speed on your rights as a tenant

Tenancy laws in many parts of Australia make it easy for landlords to discriminate against renters by allowing them to select tenants without animals. In Victoria, renters who want a pet must ask their rental provider (landlord) for permission, but rental providers need a good reason to refuse the request. Other states have different approaches to pets in rental properties, so check with your local advocate if in doubt. 

2. Check if there are any breed restrictions

Be aware of potential limitations on acceptable pets, particularly concerning dog breeds. Some landlords may have restrictions on certain breeds, especially larger or commonly perceived as aggressive dogs. This means you might need to work harder on the sell!

Tip: If you’re looking for an apartment, certain dog breeds are more suited to this setting. If you don’t own a dog yet but plan to get one with permission, consider checking out these breeds first.

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3. Create a Pet Resume

Boost your chances of securing a pet-friendly rental by preparing a Pet Resume ahead of time. Consider it a way to showcase your pet and speed up the screening process. Add a couple of cute photos, a description of your pet and their personality and details about vaccinations and training. Additionally, references from previous landlords or neighbours can add credibility. Demonstrating that you and your pet are responsible tenants can often sway landlords to be more flexible.

4. Start your search on Rent.com.au.

At Rent.com.au, we’re here to help with your quest to find the purr-fect pet-friendly home for you and your best mate. You can use our site to search for properties that allow cats and dogs, making it easier to find a suitable home. To find pet-friendly homes, search your go-to suburb, open the filters to select Features and then Pets Allowed on the dropdown menu.

5. Factor in paying a Pet Bond

pet bond is like a security deposit for your pet. You pay this cost upfront, but you can get the money back if there aren’t any damages to repair when you move out. Whether or not you’re also required to pay a pet bond should be explained in your lease agreement – and will vary depending on where you live. Additionally, be prepared for potential costs associated with fumigation upon vacating, especially if your pets could potentially introduce fleas to the property.

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6. If you’re hitting a wall, put your best foot forward

Why don’t all rental properties allow pets? It’s a toughie. There’s no specific reason why, but liability plays a role. Pets can cause damage that goes beyond what your rental bond covers. They can also lead to complaints that a property manager doesn’t want to handle. But even with a ‘no pets allowed’ rule, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Write the landlord an email explaining your position, making the request and demonstrating how your pet won’t inconvenience anyone.

Moving soon? Streamline your application by creating a Renter Resume on Rent.com.au. Your pets are moving with you! Set up your Pet Resume within your Renter Resume and let the landlord know if your pet is registered, vaccinated, insured and any qualifications they’ve achieved – even if it’s only puppy pre-school!

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