Aussies love their pets. Australia has one of the world’s highest pet ownership rates and more than 60% of households own a pet. Pets outnumber humans by a ratio of 3:2, with the 33-million-strong pet population much higher than Australia’s 22 million people.
- pet references from previous landlords
- an increase to the bond or an additional ‘pet’ bond
- a greater frequency of inspections until it is established that the pet is not causing any damage
- stipulations around the suitability of the type of pet for the property (larger dogs such as Rottweilers don’t usually suit a high-density third-floor apartment)
- the tenant having the property professionally treated, namely carpets, every six months (and at the end of the lease), providing evidence that the requirement has been fulfilled
- Insist that tenants’ pets be house-trained.
- Agree with the tenant on a professional house cleaning schedule, say every four to six months, which they must pay for. This should involve removing stains and hair from carpets, and other maintenance.
- Much of pet damage comes from pets who are bored. Cats and dogs chew and scratch because they have excess energy from having nothing else to do. Be sure that the tenants are the kind of people who regularly walk and entertain their pets.
- Get tenants to provide the name and number of who would be likely to look after the pet whenever they are away.
- Limit the number of pets allowed. Use the size of your property as a basis for what you think would be a conceivable number of animals to keep on the property.
- Exclude exotic pets from what you allow tenants to keep.
HOT TIP: This template pet resume may help you get approval for your furry friend.