CALLING all landlords – having a “pets considered” policy can boost your returns and help rent your property faster.
Considering pets as part of a rental lease agreement does not lock landlords into accepting animals, but it does increase the pool of opportunities to fi nd a good tenant.
Less binding than “pets permitted”, “pets considered” leaves the choice in the hands of the landlord and opens the door to screen irresponsible pet owners and fi nd excellent tenants.
Western Australia is the only state where asking for a pet bond is allowed, but research suggests many pet owners are prepared to pay between 7 per cent and 14 per cent more for a pet- friendly rental.
What’s more, tenants with pets are likely to prefer longer leases than non- pet owners.
The Australian Companion Animal Council provides this information along with other resources for landlords, property agents and tenants in two brochures available for free download.
Tenants With Pets and Renting With Pets have been produced with the support of the Australian Veterinary Association and are useful for landlords considering renting to pet owners, providing useful hints to help prospective tenants secure petfriendly rental accommodation ( they are available at acac. org. au).
Included are links to pet application and pet agreement forms to help both parties negotiate the process.
The pet application form is an opportunity for pet owners to spruik their pet’s best qualities and their prowess as responsible owners.
Pet agreement forms set out the landlord’s expectations and provide clear guidelines on pet care requirements.
A responsible renter with pets can be a valuable asset, keen to abide by the rules to hold onto their pet- friendly rental opportunity.
These documents are designed to nip any misunderstandings in the bud by setting out the expectations and responsibilities of both parties from the get- go.
Any renters experiencing confl ict over pet- related rental issues can contact the department of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading at consumer. tas. gov. au
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