Should I allow Pets? As the 1st October 2022 you will not be able to discriminate.
The idea of allowing pets at your rental property may send a shiver up your spine. What if a pet damages the property? What if a noisy bark upsets the neighbours? There's lots to think about, and it may seem easier to decide no pets are allowed. However, with more and more people owning pets today, especially dogs, you may miss out on quality tenants if you don't allow pets. In this article, we share the key upsides and downsides of allowing pets at your investment property.
Attract more tenants
Around 90 per cent of Australian households have had a pet at some time. And as we saw throughout the various stages of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in 2020, getting a furry friend was a popular option for people. Everyone was staying home more, and it was the perfect time to train a new pet. With pet ownership continuing to be popular, allowing pets at your property will naturally open you up to a larger pool of tenants when your property is available for rent.
Think of the key benefits
Many dog owners have been refused a rental property because they have a furry friend, whether the pet is well behaved or not. While some pets out there aren't well behaved, a responsible tenant will likely be a responsible pet owner, so you can be assured that you'll attract some quality tenants. Further, with pet-friendly properties still in short supply around Australia, making your property pet-friendly may help it rent faster and attract more inquiries. You can ask potential tenants for a "pet resume" to make sure you have all the details before deciding.
Weigh up the cons and protect your property
While making your property pet friendly has the potential to attract more potential tenants, there are some downsides to consider too. Firstly, and it's likely the factor at the front of many landlord's minds, pets may damage a property through chewing, digging, and leaving stains on carpets. To protect your property, make sure your property manager does their due diligence to check that the furry friend is well behaved. You may also consider updating your fencing to be extra secure and change floor coverings from carpet to tiles or laminate to reduce the risk of stains. Setting clear guidelines from the start is also important, so the tenant knows what will happen if the pet is too noisy or damages the property.
Changes as October 1st 2022
A renter can seek the property owners permission to keep a pet, and property owners can only refuse a request on identified reasonable grounds, such as keeping the pet would breach laws and by laws.
The property owner must respond to a request for a pet in writing within 14 days, or consent is implied.
The property owners consent may be subject to reasonable conditions such as the pet has to be kept outside. A rent increase or a pet bond are not reasonable conditions.
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