An alarming number of pets were surrendered to the RSPCA last financial year by owners who said they were not allowed pets in their rental properties. This statistic is saddening as the commitment of pet stretches the entire duration of your four-legged friends life.
Whilst renting with a pet may seem like a difficult task, the key is to be up-front about your furry family member. This large number of surrendered animals were due to individuals not being honest with their agents/landlords and not requesting permission to have a pet in their property, being faced with the ultimatum of moving residences or removing the pet according to the RSPCA.
Renting with a pet is not as hard of a task as people seem to believe, all it takes is a little forethought and honesty and you are your furry friend will have smooth sailing down the rental river.
Here are our top tips for securing a rental property with a pet:
1. BE HONEST!
Be upfront and honest about your family. Lying and concealing your furry friend is a surefire way to get into trouble and being asked to leave your property. Be honest. On the application and inspection – disclose your pets.
2. If you do not have a pet – but are thinking about getting one, tell your agent on your application. This will let you get pre-approval for a pet when you decide to add one to your family. If you decide mid way through your tenancy that you are going to add a pet to your family, be sure to clear it with your agent BEFORE you make any decisions. Dishonesty is what will get you into trouble and what causes the high number of animal surrenders.
3. Tell your agent a little more about your pets in your application:
All applications leave room for supporting documents, so make use of that and tell us a little more about your buddy! A pet resume is a great way to introduce your friend and put their best paw forward.
- Include their previous living arrangements – are they inside/outside animals, have they lived in apartments their whole life etc
- Outline any training they have undergone and their behaviours and character
- Include your plan for them while you are living at the property – for example – if you are in a property with no backyard, tell your agent your routine with them including walks, entertainment while you are at work all day, and where they will be relaxing when you are not home. This will show your agent that you have forethought the living arrangements, and squash any questions about the pets living arrangements in the property
- Include pet references! Get people who know you and your pet well to write up some references about your friend describing their nature and how you treat your rental property with a pet inside.
- Look specifically for pet friendly properties – there are search options on real estate websites for pet friendly properties or if in doubt, call the agent of the property and ask
- Sign a pet clause/pet bond. This will ensure that your landlord has peace of mind that any damage that your pet does you will be responsible for and will show that you will be respectful to the property.
Pets and rental properties can and do work harmoniously together, whilst it may seem like a little extra work at the outset, it will give you and your furry friend peace of mind that you have a happy and safe home together.
For more information on Pets and Renting or finding a pet-friendly rental property – please contact Solid Property Management on (03) 9690 2666