Unfortunately for many pet lovers, it is legal in most states for landlords to refuse to rent to tenants who have pets – making the already competitive rental market even tougher.
If you’re up against a non-pet owner when it comes to securing a property – chances are, they will win.
Overcoming the landlord’s fears that the property will be destroyed if they rent to a pet-owning tenant can be difficult.
The website www.petfriendlyrentals.com.au which offers a database of rentals, as well as support to pet owners looking for a rental property. The site was started by Brisbane man, Ryan Blunden, who almost had to give up his dog Tonka because he was found it difficult to find a place to live.
He started the site to help other pet-lovers avoid the stress of searching for a rental property.
The popular property search site www.realestate.com.au also has a pet friendly search feature on its rental database.
Tips to securing a pet-friendly rental
- Speak to the property manager at the real estate agency, rather than the receptionist. Don’t waste your time at an inspection, if pets are a definite no-no.
- Make your first question be: “Are pets allowed?”
- Understand that the chances of finding a pet-friendly apartment are minimal, as many body corporates have a strict policy. The chances of finding a house which allows pets are stronger.
- Even when you do find a pet-friendly rental, you will still need to convince the rental agent or landlord of your pet’s credentials.
- Prepare a resume describing your pet, its habits etc may be helpful. Cute photos are also worth the effort.
- Vaccination and registration papers.
- References from past landlords.