Finding a pet-friendly rental property can seem like an almost impossible task for pet owners.
That said, research conducted by realestate.com.au found that many landlords are willing to accept a pet living in their property – as long as they’ve been asked and some extra reassurances have been made.
In some cases, it might be out of the landlord’s hands with them having to abide by strict strata laws. Not to mention, their first priority is the property.
However, it’s definitely worth asking. Before approaching your landlord, here are some things you should be prepared to discuss or offer.
When asking your landlord for a pet, give them as much information as possible. For example, include the type of animal, breed, age, temperament, the training they have received and how much time they will be spending alone. Include cute pictures if possible.
Offer to pay extra rent
As rent prices are skyrocketing, this might not be an option for everyone, however pet rent, if offered, could range from $10 to $20 extra a month. If your landlord agrees to this scenario, have them draw up a new lease to include the new amount.
Address concerns over property damage
As mentioned above, the landlord’s first priority is to their property and preventing damage. Reassure them that you will take full responsibility for any damages. You could also offer to have the carpet professionally cleaned every six months and have the pet groomed regularly including nail trimmings.
Express a willingness to sign a pet agreement, including paying a pet bond
Make it clear that extra bond will cover any damage to the property as a result of your pet. The bond can be either refundable or non-refundable. The pet agreement will list all of the responsibilities that you will adhere to if the pet is approved. A sample agreement can be found here.
As a tenant, you would most likely have provided references so it might help your case if you have references from previous landlords vouching for your well-behaved pet.