Finding a rental for you and your pet

Tips and tricks for finding you and your fur kids the puur-fect crash pad.

24 Feb 2016 By Erin Donovan Comments

Between dodgy landlords, nasty neighbours and finding a home to match your budget, choosing a rental property is hard enough. Finding one that suits both you and your pet can be a daunting task, but with a few hints on how to build a pet-friendly rental profile you and your furry friend will be enjoying your new pad in no time.

Renting with a pet

It’s important to begin your search for a rental by being realistic. As hard as it is to believe not everyone will love your dog or cat as much as you do, there are some people that can’t be swayed by the puppy-dog eyes or soft meows.

Be sure to address any pet-related concerns right at the beginning of your application process. If you know your pooch or kitty is a layabout, let a potential landlord know, it may ease their concerns.

Other common worries that landlords can have about pets include:

  • Noise— if Fluffy’s favourite pastime is barking in the middle of the night that can be annoying
  • Damage to furniture or carpets— accidents happen, but they also cost money
  • Cleanliness— lots of people have allergies and pets that drop a lot of hair can cause problems
  • Discipline— an untrained pet can be aggressive or disruptive

Finding a pet-friendly rental

It may sound obvious, but make a point to ask if a rental is pet-friendly up front. If you’re looking for your new dream home online, most websites will specify if they are open to pets. A quick Google search will also throw-up a range of results— there are entire websites dedicated to pet-friendly rentals.

Tip: First National has a Pet Friendly check box to help you find a rental property that will welcome your canine pal or feline friend. There’s also Rent With Pets—a site that’s dedicated to finding pet-friendly landlords.

Tip: Social media sites and word of mouth can help you find your dream pet-loving rental, if your Aunty is a chatty-Cathy let her know to keep an ear out for you.

Being prepared and having the right paperwork makes you look more responsible and committed in the eyes of a potential landlord, after all, studies have shown tenants with pets make better renters. So look out for any Pet Applications or Pet Agreements the landlord or real estate agent has provided and fill them out to attach to your resume and application.

Selling your pet to your landlord

In the same way you’d prepare for an interview, it’s a good idea to build and update your pet’s resume.

What to include in your pet resume:

  • A basic outline of your pet: breed, age, temperament, health status and personality
  • A behaviour profile: characteristics that make your pet suitable for living in a rental property e.g. ability to socialise or how they interact with children
  • Examples or anecdotes of good behaviour— keep them short, no one likes a braggy parent
  • A list of toys or ways you will keep your pet entertained during the days
  • A plan for disposing of your pets waste— landlords like to see you’ve thought about keeping the place clean
  • Council registration documents, vaccination certificates, desexing certificates, microchipping details and insurance policies
  • A list of emergency phone numbers or positive references from your vet and any previous landlords
  • A gorgeous photo of your pet

Tip: Add in any of your pets’ notable achievements; if Lucky was top of the class in puppy pre-school attach the certificate to your resume.

24 Feb 2016 By Erin Donovan Comments

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