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Tenant Management Considerations in Allowing Pets in Rental Properties

Expectations regarding pets at the property As is true for any individual, some tenants tend to be unpredictable. Sure they may pass all the qualifications of being your perfect tenant - ironed out application, stable job, sufficient salary, decent and well-mannered - but even the most ideal of tenants can come with unlikely surprises. One of these so-called "surprises" is having pets. While it is true that everyone loves pets, these lovable creatures can also be destructive to household properties. Unfortunately some tenants fail to disclose in their application (intentionally or not) that they will be bringing pets along with them, so even before they move in, you should establish with your new tenants, your expectations regarding pets at the property. In my experience as a Real Estate Agent, one big question that is typically asked by property owners is whether or not they should allow pets in the property. Let me start off by saying that just because your tenants have pets doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, because not all tenants who have pets will end up destroying the property. In fact, many tenants who have pets are even willing to pay extra dollars because its difficult to find properties suitable for them and that owner will allow pets.


Tenant Management Considerations in Allowing Pets in Rental Properties

What to consider if your tenant has pets If a tenant does disclose in the application that he/she will be living with pets in your property, here are the things that you need to consider before deciding whether or not you should rent out your property to them. The most common pets are dogs so I will concentrate the considerations on dogs as the pets: Number. If he or she has more than two dogs, you should probably be a little bit concerned. The most ideal number would have to be one or two. Age. If the pet is very young, chances are, it will still be going through training and have a lot more energy to burn over your property and might cause some damage to the property. Whereas if the pet is older, it is more likely to just sit around, so obviously less likely to cause any damage. Breed. If it is a really large dog (Doberman, Rottweiler, etc.), and it is going to cause damage, the damage could be quite severe as opposed to a smaller one. This could mean a higher risk for you as the property owner. Inside/Outside. Most tenants will say their pets are outside and that they always stay outside, but I can tell you from experience that’s not always the case. There will always be situations where a pet may be allowed inside, during heavy a storm for example, so you should take this into consideration. 2 of 4


Tenant Management Considerations in Allowing Pets in Rental Properties

Actions to take with tenants who has pets When approving a tenant who has pets, here are some of the measures that you will need to take: Get the maximum bond. You might want to get a pet bond if you can. In Australia, you can’t always charge a tenant extra bond for a pet because you may already be receiving the maximum amount of bond as allowed in your state, but in some states, for example in WA, you can actually demand extra bond from your tenant as a ‘pet bond’. Special conditions. You should write special conditions in your lease. You might want to state there that the tenant should get the property professionally flea treated, inside and out and to get the carpets steam-cleaned. However, I urge you to be careful with special conditions because you cannot contradict the Residential Tenancy ACT. If you do, that condition will be considered null and void

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Tenant Management Considerations in Allowing Pets in Rental Properties

Terms & Agreements There is an upside to allowing pets at your property, your tenants will be very grateful they are allowed to keep their beloved pets in the property and therefore likely to stay longer and save you from more vacancy costs, plus in a lot of cases tenants are prepared to pay a higher rent in order to secure the property. In my experience, most of my tenants with pets are great, however I have seen extreme cases where there has been substantial damage caused by pets who generally had irresponsible owners. I believe those situations could have been avoided if the proper considerations were taken and the expectations about pets were made clear at the start of the tenancy.

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Considerations in Allowing Pets in Rental Properties  

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