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Finding a Rental Property When You Have Pets

Published: October 12th, 2015

When it comes to finding a rental property that is not only suitable for you but also your pets it can easily become a complicated ordeal.

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to finding the best rental for you and your furry friends.

Be honest and upfront

There is no sense in lying and hoping your landlord doesn’t find out, because eventually – they will. This will look bad on you as a tenant and damage the relationship.

Maintain honesty and be enthusiastic about the house, mention how much you and your pets would love to live there. Your landlord may relate to your problem and may be happy with you having pets in the house.

If your landlord decides that pets are okay, there may be guidelines to adhere to. Be open minded and respect their wishes – as long as they are reasonable.

Work together to come to an agreement and make sure you maintain a friendly relationship.


Keep your options open in advance

Let your local real estate agent know that you’re interested in a pet-friendly property and have them keep an eye on the market for you. Looking for a pet friendly property is hard enough but if you’re in a hurry it can be extremely stressful. If you keep yourself informed of available rentals well in advance, it will save you a lot of stress in the future. Thanks to www.realestate.com.au

Show proof of your pet’s rental history 

If you have rented a home with your current pets in the past, it’s a great idea to ask your previous landlord for a pet reference. If they can provide you with a signed statement dictating that your pets were excellent tenants and there was no damage to the property, it is likely you will have a higher chance of acquiring the property you desire.


Show proof of your pet’s health history

Landlords are generally concerned about pets in a rental property because of the potential damage they may cause, in addition to disruption to surrounding neighbours. If you are able to provide a statement from your vet showing that your pet is in good health (generally this counts for cats and dogs as they can cause noise disturbance and work their way into neighbours gardens – not fish, budgies, rabbits or hamsters to name a few) and has been taken for regular check ups, the landlord may sway towards accepting pets in their rental property.

Don’t take no for an answer

This doesn’t mean that you keep pestering your landlord until they say yes, but it does mean that even if a rental advertisement says no pets you should still enquire. Be honest and upfront about your living situation, the landlord may accept that you have pets and the worst that can happen is your application gets rejected. As the saying goes, you don’t know until you try.


Suggest a pet bond

If the landlord is worried about long-term damage your pet could cause you could offer a pet bond. That way if your pet does cause damage to the property, the landlord will be financially compensated. If all else fails, this may be the icing on the cake to ensure your landlord accepts you and your furry friends as they are.

Thanks to www.realestate.com.au 



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