Pets and Your Rental Property….

Pets and Your Rental Property....

Australians love their animals, and many renters would love the opportunity to keep pets but the reality is that not a lot of landlords allow pets in their properties.

There are some significant benefits to renting your property out to pet owners which include:

  1. A Pet-Friendly rental property may help broaden your pool of prospective tenants
  2. Which in turn decreases the number of days your property remains unrented
  3. Responsible pet owners can make great responsible tenants
  4. Pet owners are more likely to stay longer in pet friendly properties
  5. You could also charge more rent for the property if you are offering a pet friendly environment

Many landlords have a fear that pets may destroy their properties, but in reality most pet owners are extremely responsible and there are ways you can mitigate any of the risks that come with allowing tenants with pets such as…

  1. Putting together a Pet Agreement – which could change depending on the type of Pet your tenant has. An example of this would look as follows, courtesy of  ‘Managing Your Investment Property’ by Rachel Barnes and Geoff Doidge.

The ______ (insert breed) dog named _______ (insert name) and aged (insert age) and registered (insert number of registration) must be suitably kennelled at ____ identify location of kennel on property) and must not be allowed to live inside the house.

The tenant acknowledges that the landlord has agreed to allow the tenant to keep (insert name of dog detailed above) on the property as a specific term of the agreement and the landlord does not warrant or imply in any way that it will consent to other dogs being kept on the property in the future.

If the tenant wishes to keep a different dog than (insert the name of dog detailed above) the tenant must obtain the prior written permission of the landlord. The landlord is not obliged in any way to grant consent to any other dog being kept on the property.

The tenant must remedy any damage caused by the dog to the house or grounds immediately.

The tenant must regularly clean dog fouling from the grounds.

The tenant must control the dog so that it is not allowed to roam beyond the boundary section and it is not allowed to create any other type of nuisance to neighbouring properties.

The tenant must restrain the dog on days the landlord advises an inspection is due to be carried out.

The tenant must pay to have the carpets cleaned and the yard treated for fleas when they vacate the premises.

If any of these terms are breached, the landlord may follow standard procedures relating to breach of tenancy agreement.

  1. Check references: If the persons rented a previous property and they had their pet check with the Property Manager to ensure that they left the premises as expected and that there were no complaints from neighbours re pet noise etc.
  2. Make your Property Pet Friendly: If you take the time to ensure your property is pet friendly, this will assist with any issues. Take for example a tiled house instead of carpeted, this would help with any accidents and mess left when the tenant vacates.
  3. Ensure that regular inspections are carried out. Book in regular property inspections, that way you can quickly pick up any issues that are being caused by the pet.
  4. Get insured. Make sure your landlords insurance will cover the costs of any damage that could be caused by pets.

So next time you are considering renting out your property why not consider rent it out to a Pet owner.