Family and Furry Friends. What to Consider When Renting with Pets?

In modern culture, it’s commonly accepted that many people view their pets as well loved family members.

For pet owners who fall into the category of renters, there are a number of factors you will need to consider.  When looking for a rental property, you’ll find that many properties have strict policies against pets.

If you’re already in a rental property and thinking about getting a pet, be aware of the space around you.  You should always gain your landlord’s approval before purchasing or adopting your new friend to ensure they aren’t turned away.

Why Doesn’t My Rental Property Allow Pets?

Based on the Strata Titles Act 1985 (WA), the default position in Western Australia is that an owner, occupier or resident can keep a pet in the scheme unless the strata council determines otherwise.  

Many strata companies impose limitations against pets for reasons such as noise pollution, animal waste and pet disturbances in common areas. They will require application to the strata council to gain pet approval.

However, if there are no strata-law against owning a pet in the property it is then up to the discretion of the landlord.

How Can I Find a Rental Property As a Pet Owner?

The first step is to look for rentals that are advertised as “pets allowed.” Your potential landlords may be pet owners and understand the importance of having loving pets in the home. Other rentals may be advertised as “pets considered” and will give approval after consideration. For example your landlord may be okay with you owning a cat, however three large Dobermans might be a problem.

If you are determined to move in with your beloved friend then why not create their own pet reference? This way you can assure your landlord on the health and temperament of your pet.  Include details on the pet’s age, temperament, vaccination and microchip status for landlords to review. As funny as it may sound, asking your vet or previous landlord for a pet character reference may also help you gain approval.

If the property you wish to apply for doesn’t indicate a preference on pet ownership, you should always ask. Be prepared to offer a higher renting price or pet bond as a compromise.

Get Your Pet Agreement in Writing.

If your pet has been approved it’s a great idea to get the agreed terms in writing before you move in.  You should clarify the pet bond required by your property manager and the length of the trial period if it applies.  You may also want to document any agreed upon cleaning commitments such as carpet cleaning, flea treatments or deodorising at the end of your lease.

Having a pet agreement to formalise your pet’s approval is an effective way to avoid confusion or disputes in the future.

Our professional property managers at Leasing Elite are more than happy to offer guidance to our tenants and landlords regarding pet occupancy across a range of properties.

If you have any enquiries feel free to get in touch with us and speak to a member of the Leasing Elite team.