How To Rent If You Have Pets
More and more landlords understand the benefit of allowing renters to have pets in their investment properties. It helps reduce tenant turnover, increases the number of prospective renters, and brings joy to their lives.
Whatever the reason, it is essential to have a comprehensive pet policy to protect the investment property and guard the tenant against unforeseen costs and adverse outcomes from their pets.
Found your perfect home and looking to share it with your pup? Here's what to know before making the move.
What To Consider Before You Get A Pet
Danielle Richardson, owner of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, says when it comes to renting, think 'small'. "The smaller the pet, the less risk of damage!" she says. "If you are planning to rent and want a puppy, think again. Most landlords don't want a six-month-old puppy living in their investment property, so it will need to be trained before you move in. An untrained puppy or bored one translates to destruction!"
Andrew Graham, CEO of Rental Management Australia, says it's important to include your pet in your application. "Prior to leasing the property, asking the Leasing Executive if the landlord would consider a pet. If the answer is yes, include a pet reference as part of your rental application. A cute photo helps too!"
A nominated pet bond, vaccination certificates, and vet receipts also give a landlord peace of mind.
Simple Ways To Pet-Proof Your Rental
"If your dog isn't used to swimming pools, be very careful, especially those with covers," says Danielle. "Dogs can step on them, fall, and get trapped beneath. Make sure your pets don't have access to the pool area and teach them to swim and how to get out from under the cover."
Dog doors that allow your pets to go inside and out at whim are life-changing, says Danielle. "If your rental doesn't have one, ask your Property Manager if you can change out the door and put one in or use a temporary dog door," she says. "When you leave, check with the landlord to see it they want the old door reinstated. Many consider a dog door added value for their property."
Protect specific spaces and carpeted interiors by cordoning them off with baby gates. "They don’t require installation or damage the property and are the most effective way to restrict your dog from no-go areas," she says.
Before moving in, look around your garden and note the different species of plants. Any that you can't identify should be checked with your local nursery. "There's a long list of toxic plants that aren't healthy for your pets," says Danielle. "Also, if you are new to the area, find out where your local emergency vet is and keep their number handy."
Cleaning & Maintenance
As joyful as living with your pet is, they do come with mess and maintenance. Staying on top of cleaning, inside and out, ensures your rental property remains spic and span, and small messes don't become unmanageable later. Regular clearing of pet hair build-ups, fixing gardening mishaps, and cleaning up indoor toilet stops, particularly on carpeted areas, is a must for a well-kept property.