THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall

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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