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5 Tips for renting with a pet

cats on bedFinding a new place to live in can be an exciting but stressful time. For renters who have animals, the renting process can often be quite difficult. Although ‘pet-friendly’ rentals are becoming more available, finding a new home that can accommodate the entire family can still prove a challenge for some.

At Solid Property Management we just love our animals, but also understand the increased requirements that your fury friend may also come with. Here are some tips for renters who are looking for a new home with their pet and how to make the process as stress-free as possible.

1.    Search Pet-friendly properties

Searching on databases likes Realestate.com.au or Rent with Pets can instantly allow you to search properties that can accommodate your pet. You can also get in touch with Property Managers to ask what they have on their books that allow animals. Alternatively, focus on properties that have ample outside areas such as back yards, courtyards even larger balcony space, the likelihood of these properties being pet friendly are much higher than a property with no outside space.

2.    Be realistic and be kind to your animals

Be realistic to yourself, your pet and your property manager with the properties you apply for. If you have a large, energetic dog and are applying for a small apartment with no outside area/balcony it raises a few questions…Firstly, how many times a day can you realistically walk your dog? How often will you be home to give them company? How much outdoor space do they need? Are they easily protective or bark? Be realistic with yourself about your lifestyles and routines and be kind enough to not put your animal in a stressful environment, which can consequently be damaging to the apartment. If you are in a situation where your larger dog doesn’t need outside space because you take it for a run multiple times a day, then be sure to outline that in your application so that you aren’t discounted on assumptions. If you are having a hard time finding a rental with enough space, it may be a good idea to consider properties a few suburbs further away from the CBD

3.    Tell the truth, the whole truth

If you have an animal or even are thinking about getting one, be sure to get the A-OK from your Property Manager or landlord on your application. That way, you will avoid being faced with an eviction notice, bad reference or potentially legal complications. Be sure to specify what type and breed of animal you have, as there is a big difference between different animal requirements. Honesty is always the best step forward in this department.

If you are getting a pet in the near future, be upfront in the application process, rather than waiting until you are approved to seek permission.

Although it will be difficult to foresee the exact behaviour of your pet, provide you rental agent and landlord with a realistic plan for your new family member to show them that you will be responsible pet owner and that you have thought seriously about renting with your new friend.

Great things to include are:

  • Where will it sleep?
  • Will it be restricted to a certain area
  • Toilet training plans
  • Obedience school plans
  • What will happen when you’re at work/where will your pet be (be sure to include adverse weather condition plans too ie – hot days/stormy days)
  • A brief outline on the nature and habits of the breed

This pet plan shows that you have taken into account your responsibility as a tenant to ensure your property is free from damage, and that you have realistic plans in place for your tenancy.

4.    Pet Resume / Pet Plan

We recently had a tenant who impressed us so much with a pet CV that we now recommend this to anyone who is renting with a pet. It’s the perfect opportunity to introduce your animal, prove how well behaved they are, how responsible you are and to reduce any potential worry. Google different examples for inspiration but just be sure to make it honest, professional and leave a positive and heart warming impression. A few things you can mention on the CV:

  • Breed
  • Age
  • How much they shed
  • Good habits
  • Personal habits and how you plan on dealing with them
  • Training and tricks
  • Where they will be during the day
  • Where they sleep and eat
  • Your house and pet cleaning routine
  • References

Don’t forget to add a cute photo of your kitty or pooch to add a face to the name.

Pet plan:

If you are getting a pet in the near future, and are in looking for a new rental, the same advice applies, be sure to be upfront and honest with your rental agent and landlord. Although it will be difficult to foresee the exact behaviour of your pet, provide you rental agent and landlord with a realistic plan for your new family member to show them that you will be responsible pet owner and that you have thought seriously about renting with your new friend.

Great things to include are:

  • Where will it sleep?
  • Will it be restricted to a certain area
  • Toilet training plans
  • Obedience school plans
  • What will happen when you’re at work
  • A brief outline on the nature and habits of the breed

5.    Any doubts? Suggest a trial period

If the property manager or landlord isn’t convinced that you and your pet would be the right fits for the apartment, offer a short term trial period so they can observe your animals behavior and be assured of the decision. After you have successfully completed the trial period, you can re-negotiate your lease.

Looking at finding a rental property or hiring a new property manager to look after your investment property? Call us on 0418 157 222 for further information.

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