HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY

We are celebrating with your ultimate guide to renting with a pet/s!

 

Renting a home provides you with so many advantages, unique to your situation – mobility, freedom, assistance with repairs and a wider range of options in terms of location and lifestyle. But renting with a pet can sometimes be tricky, especially when it comes to securing your desired property.

 

Below we have compiled a bunch of tips to help you on your way to secure a lease as well as maintaining a happy and stress free environment for your fur- family!

 

Honesty is always the best policy.

 

Being honest and upfront about your pet situation will save you from a world of bother. Not only is deception the worst feeling, but having to go to the effort of hiding your pet each inspection, or trying to conceal the pet smell is going to be tireless. Not to mention, property managers are trained in picking up these little hints, so chances are you won’t fool them.

It will sit better in your conscious if you are open and honest on your application, therefore if any problems arise, your property manager will be able to work with you to the best of their ability to get these issues resolved.

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Create a Pet Resume!

 

A pet resume allows your prospective landlord and property manager to gain some insight to specific information regarding your pet. In your pet’s resume, it is advisable to include the breed, registration, microchip and vaccine information, along with health, behavior and rental history.

Providing this information up front shows that you are a responsible pet owner and possible tenant, who’s honest and has open approach to taking responsibility for their pets. Even if the landlord doesn’t request it, being prepared with a Pet Resume could set a tenant apart from the pack and help with the negotiation process.

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Pet Bond- In your favour!

 

If you are in a situation where your landlord is concerned over the possibility of long term damage from the paws of your pet, you could always offer a pet bond. Most agencies require this when housing a pet, but if not, offering one always looks good. Who knows, this might also be the icing on the cake in getting your application accepted.

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Apply for a logical property.

 

Use your common sense during your property search. For example, if you have a large dog that needs space, make sure that a large backyard is a prerequisite for your future home. Or if you own a cat that is primarily an indoor pet, make sure your house is large enough to keep them occupied. Owning a pet often requires compromise, so applying for a property that is appropriate for your entire household, should not be negotiable. This will also show the property manager and landlord that you have a sensible head on your shoulders.

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When your dream home is advertised as “no pets”.

 

If you find the home of your dreams, and then your soul crushes a little bit when you read “no pets allowed”… Don’t give up just yet.

No, I don’t mean harassing your landlord until they say yes, I mean, still inquire. There is always a possibility that if you present yourself as a fantastic prospective tenant with a good mannered- no hassle animal, you could be in luck. If not, the worst thing that can happen is that your application will get rejected. But you don’t know until you try!

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Clean, clean, clean.

 

This will benefit both you and your pet. Living in a clean environment makes way for a happier pet. Also important, is to show your property manager and landlord that you respect the property. Make sure you are keeping up with a thorough clean rather than a superficial, day-before the inspection clean. Trust us… we know the difference! A good clean will keep both the property manager and the landlord happy which evidently leads to a glowing reference for future properties.

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If you have any questions regarding pets and renting, feel free to shoot us an email on byford@premiererealtygroup.com.au or call us on (08) 9525 0077!

 

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