Anyone considering renting with a pet in Australia is in for a big surprise - even though we are a nation of pet lovers, finding a rental property that allows pets can be rather difficult.
In fact, today's rental market is quite competitive as it is, and many tenants are facing difficulties finding the right place for the right price. But when you own a pet - the competition almost always wins. And this is because… there are two famous landlords' misconceptions you'd need to overcome:
1. If I rent out my property it will be destroyed.
2. If I rent out my property to tenants with pet, it will DEFINITELY be destroyed.
This situation is causing many people stress, and being unable to find a property where pets are welcome, tenants resort to desperate measures, such as giving up their pet or keeping it a secret - which never is a good idea.
Here are some quick tips that will save you time looking for a pet-friendly rental:
1. Make this your first question to the estate agent: "Are pets allowed on the property?" It will help avoid wasting time on enquiring about a property where your furry companion isn’t welcome.
2. Speak with the property manager, rather than with a receptionist at the estate agency. A receptionist can only look up the property listing on a computer, and it may not say anything about pets, in which case some receptionists could incorrectly assume pets were not allowed. Talking to the property manager is always a better idea, because they know the landlord and the property better, are actually interested in renting that property out and will try and assist you, including ringing the landlord to find out about their pets policy.
3. Know that the chances of finding a studio, a flat or an apartment that allows pets are worse than finding a house that is pet-friendly. Most forms of the higher-density living come with a body corporate "strictly-no-pets" policy. Houses, on the other hand, offer a much better chance of "yes-to-pets" policy, especially if they have a back yard and no wall-to-wall carpets.
4. Finding a pet-friendly rental is not the end of it - now you need to convince the landlord that you are their best choice of a tenant. Landlords and estate agents find the following especially persuasive:
- Pet cover letter, describing the nature and habits of your pet along with the training it has received. Cute photos are very helpful!
- Vaccination and registration certificates.
- Written references from previous landlords, neighbours or estate agents.
- And finally, an offer of a pet-bond that is intended to cover any damage caused by the pet might be that magic key to your new rental house.