5 Helpful Tips For Renting With Pets

Statistics show that 63% of Australian households own pets.  However, when you’re living on a rental property, owning a pet becomes a challenge.  Some landlords are even averse to the idea of having pets on their property, so families resort to keeping the pet a secret.

Here are some tips to live happily with your pets while renting:

  1. Be upfront with your landlord. To avoid complications, when shopping for your next home, ask right away if pets are allowed on the property.  To convince your future landlord that your pet is properly housebroken and well-behaved, and that you’re a responsible owner, provide him with information about your pet:  vaccinations, assessments, treatments, and training certificates.  A written reference from your previous landlord would also make a difference.  If the landlord finally decides to allow pets, ensure this is clearly stated in your lease agreement.
  1. Deal with property damage. One of a landlord’s concerns is that pets will cause damage to the property:  chewing the walls, doors and furniture, destroying the yard and marking the floors.  If any accidents or damage is unavoidable, make sure you repair or replace whatever your pet ruins.  It will also help if you proactively inform the landlord of any repairs you’re making to the property.  Don’t wait for an inspection for the landlord to find out.
  1. Renting with PetsGet pest control treatment for your home. Your pet dog or cat is not only in constant danger of catching fleas, he or she may also inadvertently attract other pests into your home.  Rats and roaches, for example, may feed on your pet’s food.  Contact professional exterminators to treat your home.  Even if you currently don’t have pests, it’s best to get preventive treatment rather than wait for an outbreak.
  1. Befriend your neighbours. Your landlord can still terminate your tenancy if the neighbours complain about your pet.  To keep the peace, get to know your neighbours and maintain good relations with them.  Discipline your pets as necessary and exercise them frequently to keep them from becoming too rowdy and noisy.
  1. Regularly clean your property. When you have children or pets, proper hygiene and safety is even more important.  Dispose of your pet’s droppings quickly.  Vacuum your home, wash the floors and furnishings to remove odour, and clean the yard.

These tips should help you overcome the challenges of keeping a pet when you’re renting.  With a little foresight, open communication and willingness to cooperate, you can live peacefully with your pet in your new home.

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