Why is this? Because some Landlords fear that if they rent out their property to Tenants with pets it will result in property damage and financial consequences. Try to walk in the Landlords’ shoes and understand why they hold this opinion. Some previous negative experiences may be involved. Landlords may have dealt with irresponsible people, who neglected the rules of keeping their pets in a household and did not fix damage caused by their pets when they moved out.
What to do? A Tenant knows their valued family pet is well behaved but to overcome the bias of a Landlord, they need to put in a bit more work than Tenants without pets. They need to provide the Landlord with evidence that their pet will not cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to their rental property. So it is a good idea to have proof that they are a responsible pet owner when applying for a rental property.
Such things as:
- Pet references from previous landlords which includes details about how long the pet was in the property, the pet’s temperament, and that it didn’t cause any damage or noise disturbance for neighbours should be included in their application(rent.com.au has a feature called ‘Pet Resume’ that allows renters to create a ‘CV’ for their pets)
- Copies of vaccination and registration certificates
- Obedience training certificates
- Photographs of the pet
The Law. While changes to legislation over the past few years have clarified some of the grey areas in property management, the issue of pets is still not well regulated in comparison. The Victorian Residential Tenancies Act 1997 Section 117 states only that “residents must not keep pet without consent.” It is never a good idea for a Tenant to have a pet in a rental property without approval. A Tenant can be issued with: