The rise of pet ré­sumés to help renters and their furry friends

Shepparton News - SN Local Real Estate - - NEWS - In­for­ma­tion sourced from: www.view.com.au

In Aus­tralia’s dog-eat-dog ren­tal market, pet own­ers are of­ten over­looked by picky land­lords who pre­fer an­i­mal-free prop­er­ties. Cue the rise of pet ré­sumés.

With home own­er­ship rates de­clin­ing, and a third of Aus­tralians now rent­ing, se­cur­ing a suit­able ren­tal home can be a huge headache for pet own­ers.

Pet ré­sumés, which can in­clude de­tails of breed, reg­is­tra­tion and proof of vac­ci­na­tions, are de­signed to help wouldbe renters and their furry friends stand out from the pack.

Pet-own­ing renters are largely at the mercy of land­lords and prop­erty man­agers, de­spite Aus­tralia hav­ing one of the high­est rates of pet own­er­ship in the world.

Rent chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Greg Bader said pet ré­sumés were the so­lu­tion to the hard­ships pet own­ers faced when hunt­ing for ren­tal homes.

“We think that renters should have the same op­por­tu­nity (as home­own­ers) to ben­e­fit from pets,” Mr Bader said.

“A pet ré­sumé gives the owner a chance to ex­plain and demon­strate re­spon­si­ble own­er­ship.”

Pet ré­sumés can help pet own­ers con­vey their pet’s best qual­i­ties, and show prospec­tive land­lords that they’re top dog.

“Some­one look­ing to rent a ground-floor apart­ment with a small dog is dif­fer­ent to hav­ing a horse or three pit bulls,” Mr Bader said.

“Pets are quite an emo­tive is­sue and we find it’s best to open the con­ver­sa­tion.

“Most land­lords are open to the op­tion.”

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced it would move to pro­hibit ‘no-pet’ clauses, giv­ing ten­ants the right to keep pets pro­vided they ob­tain the land­lord’s writ­ten con­sent first.

In 2016, 62 per cent of Aus­tralian house­holds owned pets, with more than 24 mil­lion pets in to­tal, ac­cord­ing to the RSPCA.

How­ever, a lack of pet-friendly ren­tal prop­er­ties re­mains a prob­lem and ac­cord­ing to a 2016 sur­vey by

rent.com.au, 42 per cent of Aus­tralian renters found it “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult” to find a place to rent that would ac­cept pets.

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