I must say that renting with a pet makes your job much harder, because not many landlords want to accept tenants with pets.
When I was looking to rent a place, I discovered that my beautiful dog pretty much ruined my chances of getting a house by 80 percent – 8 out of 10 houses I checked did not allow pets.
A quick tips that will save you some time – when you ask the real estate agent “Are pets allowed on the property?”, if the landlord has clearly said that – they will let you know immediately. Otherwise in a very few cases the agent will call and ask the landlord. Usually they just tell you to do an inspection, apply and see if you’re approved (naturally for you that could be a waste of time, if the landlord doesn’t want pets after all).
Another quick tip that will help you get reliable information – always speak to the property manager, not the receptionist at the agency. Property manager is interested in actually renting out the property and knows everything there is to know about it, while the receptionist can only open the computer listing to see what’s there (and that’s the best case scenario!).
What you need to know about renting with a pet is this:
1. The pet must be registered with the local council – it’s the law and in the application form they ask to provide a registration number.
2. Don’t even try to apply for studios, flats or apartments, not even units – they do not allow pets. The reason is that most of them belong to body corporate and their rules say “no pets”.
3. Some of the houses will allow pets, probably the ones with a large back yard and no wall-to-wall carpets.
4. When you were lucky to find a landlord that doesn’t mind pets, references for your pet are very important. Try to get your current neighbors, the landlord or the real estate agent to write a reference for your pet. Photos help too.
5. In some cases the bond will be higher because of a possible damage to property from your pet.