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Tips to help you keep your Pet if you decide to rent in Australia

A recent RSPCA Australia study has highlighted the fact that there is currently a severe shortage of rental properties that allow tenants to have a pet or pets.

According to the report many owners believe that the pet will cause damage to the property thereby reducing land value. However, the report also pointed out that in fact this policy may be doing owners more harm than good because the high demand for properties that allow tenants with pets in Australia means that those properties allowing pets actually have a higher value. This article will provide you with some tips that may help persuade your Australian landlord or estate agent to let you keep a pet.

1) Create a pet 'resume' that details the pet's history such as vaccination information, recent flea treatments, behavioural assessments, desexing certificate, microchip details, plus any obedience training your pet may have participated in.

2) Supply references from a vet and obedience trainer to inform the landlord/agent that your pet is well behaved. A reference from a previous landlord/estate agent would be even better.

3) If your pet is a bird, pig, rabbit or other animal that has an enclosure provide the landlord/agent with a picture of the enclosure to show that it is not an eyesore (if it is outside) and that it is secure enough to ensure your pet will not cause any damage to the premises.

4) Introducing your pet to the landlord/estate agent is another good idea. Seeing that your pet is well behaved is better than any reference you can provide.

5) Supply your landlord with a written declaration saying you will pay for all damage that may be caused to the property by your pet. It is important to note that for example, in NSW it is illegal for a landlord or agent to charge a 'bond' for your pet. The laws may be different in other states of Australia.

6) Negotiate an agreement with your landlord that specifies a date and time they can visit the property to check if your pet has caused any damage. Make sure the date and time you choose is fair to both you and your landlord/agent. Obviously you should ensure that you keep your appointment.

7) If you live in an apartment, strata or unit such as a duplex ask your neighbours if they have pets. If so pointing this out to the landlord/agent will increase your chances of being allowed to keep a pet.

If you are successful in persuading your estate agent/landlord that you should be allowed to have a pet it is a good idea to make sure this is explicitly stated on your lease.


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