Finding a property which is pet friendly is becoming increasingly difficult these days.
With 60% of Australians owning pets, and over 30% of households renting, you would think it would be within a landlord’s interest to be pet friendly and gain a competitive advantage in the rental market.
The obvious concern of landlords however, is potential tenants who own pets are more likely to cause property damage than those that don’t own pets. But, is this really the case these days? Is a pet going to cause any more damage, than a child, adolescent, or a large proportion of ‘responsible’ adults?
Increasingly, potential tenants are approaching real estate agents with an arsenal of documents to secure the property, including ‘pet resumes’ and offering ‘pet bonds’ to cover the ‘assumed’ increased risk of property damage. But should this be necessary?
Dr Nick Wonders thinks otherwise, “I’m surprised the idea of a pet bond hasn’t gone through to the courts. In a way, it could be considered a form of discrimination because everyone has the right to enjoy home life as they want to, whether renters or not.”
Listed below are some handy tips on how to get your pet as ‘rental friendly’ as possible:
• Breed Choice- Choose your breed carefully. You want to choose a breed which is suitable for most living arrangements. Criteria may include small to medium size, non shedding, responsive to obedience training, and so on. As a rule, any of the 'oodles' are generally 'rental friendly' dogs, and most of the indoor cat breeds are ideal 'rental friendly' pets.
• Obedience Training– Take your pup through puppy pre-school and advanced obedience training, to ensure they are well behaved, house-trained pets.
• General Pet Care– Ensure you maintain regular visits to your pup's Veterinarian, Groomer, Hydrobath, and so on. Keep the documentation, so you can show your potential landlord that you look after your pet, just as you will look after their apartment.
• Preventable Health– Keep your pet on regular worming, flea and tick prevention, and make sure you keep the documentation to show to your potential landlord if necessary
Hopefully, this problem will be better identified and recognised in months and years to come, because pets do play major roles in society, including improving physical and mental health, and it would be complacent for us to ignore this growing problem.
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