Renting with pets

by Chris Lang on August 14, 2014

Renting with pets

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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlotte real estate agent December 6, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for the article as well as for the tips. Keep it coming.


Kev December 13, 2008 at 1:27 am

At times, it can be a challenge to rent with pets because most landlords fear the worst with pets actually. And they are fair to think about that with their property, but as you did say, it makes things alot more challenging.

Big Kev…the man looking after the landlord insurance in the UK.


Chris December 13, 2008 at 11:25 am

That’s right, some pets are bad news, but instead of making pets owners life harder the landlords should just ask for a higher bond and keep it if there is any damage. I do feel strongly about this, having suffered from this “pet owners discrimination”.


Ryan Blunden February 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

It’s also vitally important to include a pet resumé for each of your pets as it highlights your pet’s best qualities and demonstrates your commitment to responsible pet ownership.

Great article and glad to have found this website.


Paige Lee October 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Great post!Truly helps me out. I’ve got pets and looking for a place to rent and it is really a challenge looking for the right place to stay


Ali October 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Try it with a pet snake.

Our landlord is pretty good – amenable to cats, dogs, goldfish etc but when I explained we actually had a snake (licensed with NPWS and kept securely in a vivarium and not allowed to roam about) he kinda flipped.

In real terms the only difference between the snake and the goldfish is that the goldfish has more water in his tank.

My parents have our snake now in their living room – thankfully my mum didn’t flip as much as the landlord did 😀


a philadelphia renter February 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

The tips at the end were very helpful! I have been in my apartment for a couple of years, but am now looking to get a cat 🙂

I need to convince my landlord that it won’t ruin the place or run wild.


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