Top Tips for Securing a Rental Property with Pets

tips for securing a rental property with pets.

Completing your application is key to securing a rental property when you have pets. Around the country, tenants are facing one of the toughest rental markets ever. Vacancy rates falling to an all time low and costs of rent soaring. Don’t let this discourage you though. There are some easy strategies for pet owners to take to get the home of their dreams.

Choose Your Suburb Wisely

If you have pets and are hunting for a new rental, choosing the right neighbourhood can make all the difference. Keep in mind access to pet friendly amenities that suit your lifestyle. Proximity to parks, especially those with off-leash areas, as well as dog friendly beaches and walking tracks will ensure there’s plenty of space for dogs to run around. It will also give you a chance to meet like minded locals. Make sure you feel safe walking around the streets at all hours, especially f you pet’s an early bird.


Consider the Type of Property and Amenities 

When applying for a property, make sure it is suitable for your pet. Does it have a backyard or access to a balcony? Is there a lift or flight of stairs? Don’t rent a walk up apartment if you have an older or larger dog.

When starting your property search, first identify properties that say “pets allowed” from the outset. Many new developments are factoring in pet friendly perks like fenced gardens, water fountains, and clean up supplies in common areas.

Be Thorough with Information 

The more detail you can include in your application the more likely you are to win over a prospective landlord. Property managers like to have as much information as they possible before making an assessment. Mention your pet’s age, temperament, behaviour and provide a photo. You can also attach your certificate of registration or pet’s microchip number, along with vaccination history. Document your pet’s overall health and training record.

Ask your Current Agent for a Reference  

Rental references should be included in your application to help you stand out from the other people applying for the property. Property managers conduct a thorough screening process and will vet tenants based their references. Adding a previous landlord to your list of references can help demonstrate your capacity to look after a property while keeping a pet. If you have a new puppy, it may be worth enrolling them in a training program and note this in your application.

Act Quickly 

The lack if supply of rental properties means pet friendly homes tend to rent out faster. Have all your paperwork (including photo id’s, recent pay slips and cover letter) copied and certified if necessary. Be early to the inspection to greet the real estate agent and submit your application on the day. In such a competitive market, timing is everything. You can fill in application forms online prior to the inspection to save time. You can also submit these online.

Be Aware of your Responsibilities

All landlords want reliable tenants who they can trust. Be upfront and honest about your pet to avoid a major headache later on. Failing to disclose your furry friend could result in a breach of contract and even eviction. Landlords want to know that you are going to respect the neighbour’s privacy, comfort and keep noise levels down. Be prepared to answer questions about breed, height, weight and your pet’s daily behaviour. Are you working from home and able to take them out regularly? Make the agent aware of your day to day routine.

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